I’ve not joined Cord, Salat tells his crit­ics

He says he only joined the op­po­si­tion in the push for the re­moval of IEBC of­fi­cers

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - KIPLANG’AT KIRUI @KIPLANGATKIRUI

Kanu sec­re­tary gen­eral Nick Salat has de­nied claims he has joined Cord. He said he only joined the op­po­si­tion in the push for the re­moval of the com­mis­sion­ers of the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral and Bound­aries Com­mis­sion from of­fice.

Salat spoke dur­ing the burial of Leonard Korir, the hus­band of Sin­gor­wet MCA Joyce Korir, in Ai­saik, Bomet Cen­tral, last week. “I only took part in the protests be­cause re­for­ma­tion of the poll body was in the best in­ter­est of the Kenyan peo­ple. I’m now a happy man be­cause our fight was re­warded and the poll agency lead­er­ship has de­cided to go home,” he said.

Salat said he is still in Kanu and his as­so­ci­a­tion with the op­po­si­tion does not mean that the In­de­pen­dence party is ready for a merger with Cord. “What Kanu has been push­ing for is the re­struc­tur­ing of the com­mis­sion through the In­ter-Party Par­lia­men­tary Group for­mula of 1997, where po­lit­i­cal par­ties nom­i­nated rep­re­sen­ta­tives to the com­mis­sion,” he said.

EA­GERLY AWAITED

Salat also sup­ported calls for a fresh au­dit of the vot­ers’ reg­is­ter be­fore the next gen­eral elec­tion to pre­vent rig­ging. The fu­neral was alto at­tended by Bomet Gover­nor Isaac Rutto and Na­tional Assem­bly Deputy Speaker Joyce La­boso.

He said the coun­try ea­gerly awaits the new IEBC team to con­duct the next year’s gen­eral elec­tion.

‘WHAT KANU HAS BEEN PUSH­ING FOR IS THE RE­STRUC­TUR­ING OF THE COM­MIS­SION’

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