Cord backtracks on plans to list coali­tion as a po­lit­i­cal party

‘That is street talk and imag­i­na­tion. The cen­tral man­age­ment com­mit­tee has never had that idea....We have no such idea at all, that is the creation of Kikuyu-Kalen­jin imag­i­na­tion’

The Star (Kenya) - - News - JAMES MBAKA @onchir­im­baka

The op­po­si­tion coali­tion has back­tracked and shelved plans to reg­is­ter Cord as a po­lit­i­cal party.

In Septem­ber, Cord man­age­ment com­mit­tee co-chairs James Orengo and John­son Muthama said the coali­tion would reg­is­ter as a sin­gle “cor­po­rate” Cord Party.

“We had re­served the name Cord with the Reg­is­trar of Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties. Plans are al­most com­plete. We will use the ticket to field joint can­di­dates in all elec­tive po­si­tions coun­try­wide,” Orengo told a press con­fer­ence at Par­lia­ment Build­ings then.

Un­der the ar­range­ment, affiliates par­ties would field can­di­dates on their tick­ets in some ar­eas and un­der Cord tick­ets in oth­ers.

ODM, Wiper, Ford Kenya and 10 other af­fil­i­ated par­ties were to re­tain their iden­ti­ties.

The um­brella strat­egy aimed to im­prove op­po­si­tion chances of vic­tory next year against the mas­sive Ju­bilee Party ma­chine — re­cently formed by the merger of affiliates.

JP was of­fi­cially launched on Septem­ber 10, as Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta’s re­elec­tion out­fit.

But yes­ter­day, Cord deputy minority leader Jakoyo Midiwo termed as “street talk” the push to reg­is­ter Cord as a cor­po­rate party.

“That is street talk and imag­i­na­tion. The cen­tral man­age­ment com­mit­tee has never had that idea,” the Gem MP told the Star in an in­ter­view.

Midiwo said Cord’s strat­egy was to strengthen af­fil­i­ate par­ties.

“We have no such idea at all, that is the creation of Kikuyu-Kalen­jin imag­i­na­tion,” he said.

It is un­der­stood that com­pet­ing in­ter­ests among the af­fil­i­ate par­ties have scut­tled the process, which was meant to strengthen Cord, keep it to­gether and al­lay fears of widen­ing cracks within the coali­tion.

The three par­ties are said to be keen on field­ing can­di­dates for var­i­ous elec­tive po­si­tions.

In Septem­ber, Orengo called Cord a unique coali­tion that has been able to weather pre-elec­tion and post­elec­tion tur­bu­lence to pur­sue a joint man­i­festo and elec­tion strat­egy.

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