Dis­cord in Cord as Wiper tells ODM to keep off ‘go­ing it alone’ threat

They [ODM] were the first to fire the bul­let. We will not be cowed, be­cause we be­lieve in our­selves, says Mom­basa Se­na­tor and Wiper sec­re­tary gen­eral Has­san Omar

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - CHARLES MGHENYI @CharlesMghenyi

Wiper has warned ODM in the Cord coali­tion to stop mak­ing threats that they can go it alone in the elec­tion.

Last week, op­po­si­tion chief Raila Odinga asked ODM lead­ers to pop­u­larise the party.

He said they are ready to go it alone in the elec­tions — with­out Wiper and Ford Kenya.

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, chair­man David Musila, Has­san Omar (sec­re­tary gen­eral) and Nyali MP Hezron Awiti said ODM should stop chest-thump­ing.

They spoke dur­ing a rally at Tononoka Grounds in Mom­basa yes­ter­day.

The lead­ers said ODM should not un­der-rate Wiper’s pop­u­lar­ity and clout.

Kalonzo said, “We are ready to work with any­one who is ready to as­sure us we will clinch the pres­i­dency next year. If Raila can as­sure us that we will be to­gether, then we can work to­gether.”

He said ODM should come to a round-ta­ble meet­ing to dis­cuss Cord’s fu­ture.

Musila said, “In Wiper we are afraid of what ODM has been do­ing. They have been chest-thump­ing that they have mus­cles to go it alone.”

He said Wiper has other op­tions other than Cord. Omar said Wiper is ready to work with other coali­tion mem­bers, but ODM has threat­ened them.

“They [ODM] were the first to fire the bul­let. We will not be cowed, be­cause we be­lieve in our­selves,” said Omar.

The Wiper lead­ers said they will in six weeks de­clare Kalonzo as their Pres­i­den­tial flag bearer.

In a state­ment ti­tled The Tononoka Dec­la­ra­tion, Wiper said it will hold its Na­tional Del­e­gates Con­fer­ence to for­mally en­dorse Kalonzo’s can­di­da­ture.

The state­ment read by Omar said Cord, as a coal­tion, has un­til De­cem­ber 25 to name its flag bearer.

“In pur­su­ing coali­tion’s pre­pared- ness for the 2017, Wiper is res­o­lute the Cord flag bearer must be named be­fore De­cem­ber 25,” Omar said.

Other lead­ers present were Machakos Se­na­tor John­stone Muthama, Kib­wezi MP Jessica Mbalu, Lamu woman rep­re­sen­ta­tive Shak­ila Ab­dalla and Jomvu MP Badi Twalib.

Mean­while, de­spite mount­ing pres­sure, widen­ing fis­sures and a tick­ing clock, Cord has de­cided not to re­veal its pres­i­den­tial can­di­date un­til Jan­uary — seven months to the elec­tion.

This de­lay is in­tended to en­sure he will be not over-ex­posed and sav­aged by the Ju­bilee Party po­lit­i­cal ma­chine — and to pre­vent grow­ing in­ter­nal rifts in the coali­tion where all three co-prin­ci­pals want to be Pres­i­dent.

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