- Jan 30, 2008
Raila, Kalonzo seal pre-election coalition
Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka have sealed a pre-election coalition deal.
The pact involving the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), Wiper Democratic Movement (Wiper) and Ford Kenya led by Trade minister Moses Wetangula was signed at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi Tuesday.
The Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) also brings on board Narc led by Charity Ngilu, who is Mr Musyoka's rival, UDM among other parties.
The signing ceremony was a culmination of lengthy negotiations just a day ahead of the deadline for lodging of coalition agreements with the Registrar of Political Parties seems to set the stage for a bruising two-horse race between the Odinga-Musyoka pairing and the Uhuru-Ruto come the election next March.
The VP, who has in the past week publicly rejected any attempts by his allies to team up with Mr Odinga, eventually gave in on Sunday night, following talks with the ODM leader.
He met the PM, who had flown back from the Tononoka rally in Mombasa, at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport's VIP Lounge, where they discussed a coalition document their respective negotiators put together.
Kalonzo, Raila to sign pact Tuesday
Vice President Kalonzo musyoka has a word with Prime Minister Raila Odinga at a past function.
Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has said his Wiper Democratic Movement party (WDM) will on Tuesday sign a pre-election pact with Prime Minister Raila Odinga's Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and New Ford-K ahead of the forthcoming General Election.
Mr. Musyoka said the agreement will involve a team of leaders who are serious in the fight against tribalism and negative ethnicity.
He said the Wiper party technocrats were working with their ODM and New Ford-Kenya counterparts to finalize on the agreement before it is signed on Tuesday.
"After we sign the agreement tomorrow, Kenyans will then know who true reformers are in this country,'' said Mr Musyoka on Monday.
Kalonzo, Raila to sign pact Tuesday - Politics - nation.co.ke
This is huge...but there still are questions for Kalonzo to be asked....
1. Will he accept an open nomination process for the number two slot ama he has the feeling of entitlement.
2. How do we appreciate his recent and not so recent comments about not working with ODM - 'Trust factor'.
3. His 'lack of spine' lives a lot to be desired in all matters political.
4. He trotted globally fighting a losing battle against the ICC...has his stand/opinion changed?
5. Would I be wrong to label Mr Katikati an opportunist who saw his political light fading and decided to lurch at ODM coattails?
That said, I believe it would be wrong for ODM to give this guy any favored status and as a matter of fact aunge folenikama kila mtu na asubiri mjujo. His clout is not that big in Ukambani amidst all the other rebels kuanzia kina Charity Ngilu na Harun Mwau...and the usual comic Kalembe Ndile of TIP.
Anyway this is politics and lemmie go back to reading "The 48 Laws of Power" for therein lies something.
Kiranga..where you at?