What mat­ters is unity in Cord, ‘not the can­di­date’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Western -

Vi­higa Senator Ge­orge Khaniri (pic­tured) yes­ter­day said it doesn’t mat­ter who is Cord’s pres­i­den­tial flagbearer as long as the op­po­si­tion re­mains united. He said Ju­bilee can only be sent home through a strat­egy sim­i­lar to the one used by Narc in 2002 to re­move Kanu from power af­ter 24 years. “It doesn’t mat­ter whether it is ODM leader Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) or Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya). This is what I have been ad­vo­cat­ing for the last three years,” Khaniri told the Star on the phone. He said Mudavadi is a key fac­tor in the Kenyan politics and can­not be wished away. Khaniri asked Luhya Elders’ Fo­rum chair­man Pa­trick Wanga­mati to mind his lan­guage to en­sure unity in the op­po­si­tion. Wanga­mati on Mon­day said Mudavadi is a “Ju­bilee mole” out to cause di­vi­sions in Cord. Khaniri said it is dif­fi­cult to de­feat a sit­ting govern­ment, es­pe­cially in Africa. He said the only way for the op­po­si­tion to suc­ceed is by unit­ing with the goal of bring­ing about change that is ac­cept­able to all. He said the cur­rent jostling for the op­po­si­tion ticket should not worry Kenyans, call­ing com­pe­ti­tion healthy. Raila, Mudavadi, Kalonzo and Wetang’ula have in­di­cated they plan­ning to form an al­liance to de­feat Ju­bilee next year. Mudavadi, the brains be­hind the Na­tional Su­per Al­liance, says it will bring on board other like-minded par­ties, the busi­ness com­mu­nity and the labour move­ment. Khaniri said those sup­port­ing the Ju­bilee Party in West­ern will lose their seats be­cause peo­ple are tired of cor­rup­tion and trib­al­ism and in­se­cu­rity.

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