NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 19 – The Kenya African National Union (KANU) National Executive Council (NEC) on Thursday announced it will decide on any alliances to be forged ahead of the August poll in two weeks.
Speaking after the NEC meeting, Secretary General Nick Salat said the party has mandated its National Chairman and Baringo Senator Gideon Moi to hold talks with both Jubilee, NASA and any other likeminded outfits.
“KANU has not diverted from its initial decision that it will not dissolve as a party.”
“The National Chairman was mandated to consult widely on all available options for the party on matters of the presidency and report back on the same NEC, within two weeks for further deliberations. The final decision will be presented at the National Delegates Conference (NDC),” he said as he confirmed the party will for now field candidates in all seats except the Presidency.
The National Chairman on his part reassured the NEC, party members and aspirants that the independence party will not dissolve.
“They have basically mandated me to talk to everybody. All options are open for KANU and on the table right now, where we have got the NASA right now, of course, we’ve got the Jubilee and we’ve got KANU to go it alone. But what is concrete is that we are not dissolving and we are standing as KANU and that is a fact,” Moi stated.
During the meeting, Salat was taken to task about his statement during a NASA aspirants meeting where he claimed KANU has joined super opposition alliance to which he responded that it was a personal opinion.
“We discussed everything including my being with the NASA team and I have given my report on my having gone to NASA and it has been received. That’s why we will come back in two weeks now, maybe somebody else has another report and we will look at that or maybe we are going it alone. So those are the options that we have going into an election period,” he said.
Salat came under criticism from the party’s National Executive Council members Nominated Senator Zipporah Kittony and West Pokot Senator John Lonyangapuo for declaring the party has joined the Opposition super alliance dubbed NASA last Wednesday.
The officials insisted that Salat’s pronouncement should not be taken as a party position.
Kittony and Lonyangapuo said KANU policies and decisions were guided by the Party’s Constitution which stipulates that such a decision must first be discussed by the NDC.