Thursday, April 19, 2012

Kenneth hints at a Mudavadi alliance

From left: Planning assistant minister Peter Kenneth, Deputy ODM leader Musalia Mudavadi, former Tourism minister Najib Balala and former Trade minister Mukhisa Kituyi hold talks at Serena Hotel, Nairobi on April 16, 2012. Photo/JENNIFER MUIRURI

From left: Planning assistant minister Peter Kenneth, Deputy ODM leader Musalia Mudavadi, former Tourism minister Najib Balala and former Trade minister Mukhisa Kituyi hold talks at Serena Hotel, Nairobi on April 16, 2012. Photo/JENNIFER MUIRURI 

By NATION CORRESPONDENT

Presidential hopeful Peter Kenneth has hinted that he is ready to form a coalition with Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi and Mvita MP Najib Balala in the race for the top seat.

Mr Kenneth, who is also the assistant minister for Planning on Thursday denied any links with Prime Minister Raila Odinga terming as propaganda claims that he was working with the ODM party leader.

Speaking as an invited guest in Murang’a Town during the launch of the Kiharu constituency strategic plan, he said he was in talks with the two politicians and would soon make a major announcement.

“I recently had tea with Mr Mudavadi and Mr Balala and I will soon come to you and make a very important announcement. I hope that you will support me,” the Gatanga MP told the gathering.

Mr Kenneth is among five presidential contestants from Mt Kenya region who are gunning for the seat.

Others are Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua and Safina leader Paul Muite.

There have been claims that he is the preferred running mate for Mr Odinga, but he has denied them.

On Tuesday last week, Mr Kenneth, of the Kenya National Congress party met with Mr Mudavadi and Mr Balala at the Serena Hotel.

“Claiming that I belong to Mr Odinga is just propaganda. My enemies have now run out of weapons to attack me, as I am now working with his (Mr Odinga’s) opponent (Mr Mudavadi),” the presidential aspirant said.

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