Cord par­ties will not merge, says Khal­wale

‘Uhuru and Ruto are spir­i­tual, po­lit­i­cal and ide­o­log­i­cal or­phans of former Pres­i­dent Moi and they wish to go back to the old days when Kenya was ruled by one party’

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Cord-af­fil­i­ated par­ties will not dis­solve to form one mega out­fit like Ju­bilee did, Kakamega Se­na­tor Boni Khal­wale has said.

He said there are no plans to dis­solve Ford Kenya, Wiper or ODM to form “one strong party”, but mem­bers want to make the three par­ties stronger.

“Cord will not use Ju­bilee’s style as sug­gested by some lead­ers from the rul­ing coali­tion,” Khal­wale said.

He said the three par­ties’ lead­ers will come up with a nom­i­na­tion mech­a­nism to iden­tify pres­i­den­tial, gover­nor, se­na­tor, woman rep­re­sen­ta­tive, MP and MCA flag­bear­ers.

Khal­wale said dis­solv­ing par­ties will take the coun­try back to the one-party rule. “It should not be lost that Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta and Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto are spir­i­tual, po­lit­i­cal and ide­o­log­i­cal or­phans of former Pres­i­dent Moi and they wish we would go back to the old days when Kenya was ruled by one party,” he said.

Khal­wale said the con­sti­tu­tion clearly states that Kenya is a multi-party state and lead­ers “paid dearly” to bring the coun­try to where it is to­day.

“Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, Masinde Muliro, Martin Shikuku, Ken­neth Mat­iba and oth­ers played a very cru­cial role in mak­ing Kenya a multi-party democ­racy. We can­not wa­ter down their ef­forts,” he said.

The se­na­tor said Kenyans should re­spect the law and cease “fol­low­ing state­ments blindly”.

“In 2013, Uhuru and Ruto came to­gether to get a lever­age to fix their case at the ICC. No­body should be cheated that na­tional unity can be achieved through min­imis­ing the num­ber of po­lit­i­cal par­ties,” Khal­wale said.

He said Kenyans are en­joy­ing strength in di­ver­sity and dif­fer­ent eth­nic groups are liv­ing to­gether in har­mony.

“Kikuyus and So­ma­lis are do­ing busi­ness in all parts of the coun­try. Luhyas and Luos work in al­most all ma­jor towns. Other tribes have come to­gether in ed­u­ca­tion, health and other oc­cu­pa­tions and they don’t fight. Which unity will come out of dis­solv­ing po­lit­i­cal par­ties?” Khal­wale asked.

/JACK OWUOR

Kakamega Se­na­tor Boni Khal­wale and Cord Leader Raila Odinga dance dur­ing a rally in Uhuru Park on June 1

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