Saturday, 16 March 2013

President elect Uhuru, Mudavadi in post-election pact

Musalia Mudavadi has thrown his weight behind President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta and deputy president-elect William Ruto in an agreement that will give the Jubilee Coalition a vast majority in the senate and parliament.
Nine political parties with elected leaders were involved in the deal that was signed at Mr Kenyatta's home in Nairobi Saturday.
It will now push the number of elected Jubilee MPs to over 200 out of 290, senators to 27 out of 47 and the number of governors now stands at 25 out of 47, according to Johnson Sakaja, the chairman of The National Alliance (TNA) party.
Immediately after, an emboldened Mr Kenyatta announced that the Jubilee leadership was ready for a repeat election if the petition filed by Cord at the Supreme Court is successful.
“If the Supreme Court rules in our favour we welcome our colleagues to join us so that we can move this country ahead,” said Mr Kenyatta.
“But if they rule against us then we are ready to go back to wananchi (electorate).”
Mr Mudavadi, who was a distant third in the elections, said his move was informed by his pre-election pledge to accept the decision of Kenyans.
“I want to congratulate you for a deserved victory,” said Mr Mudavadi.
“We want to work with you. We do not want to create an unnecessary stumbling block as you move ahead.”
Besides Mr Mudavadi’s United Democratic Forum, other political parties involved are the Alliance Party of Kenya, Kanu, Ford People, New Ford Kenya, Kaddu Asili, Peoples Democratic Party, Muungano and Chama Cha Uzalendo.

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