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Sunday, 15 March 2015

Stick together or hang alone, Cord told


Wiper members of youth groups from Machakos and Kitui counties have faulted the decision by the party’s national executive council to endorse the party leader Kalonzo Musyoka as Cord’s presidential flagbearer for 2017 general elections.
Speaking to the press separately in Mwingi, Matuu and Mwala towns over the weekend, the members alleged that NEC’s decision arrived at during the recent party retreat  in Nakuru was likely to send ripples among the entire opposition Cord fraternity and consequently work against a unified opposition grand march to State House come elections time.
Through their representatives, Muli Mwongela, Kitavi Mulinge and Katumo Kitema, the members challenged the three Cord principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo and Moses Wetang’ula to compel their party supporters to stop dividing Cord members by urging each one of them to gun for the top seat.
They told the press that the Cord top decision making body had unanimously resolved that the presidential flag bearer would be picked through a competitive fair and free affiliate parties.
They criticised Kalonzo for playing into the hands of NEC members by endorsing their resolutions to gun for the top seat and more stunningly, declaring that he would visit every part of the country to solicit support for his presidential quest.
They warned that if each of the three principals separately chose to contest the presidency, they would easily hand Jubilee coalition victory on a silver platter.
They advised the party’s national executive council to instead work out on modalities on how best to stem increasing dissent and confrontations among members that has been fuelled by the  party leaders’ decision with support from his sidekicks to revoke the nominations of five Wiper MCAs and the party majority leaders of Machakos and Makueni counties Joshua Mwonga and Mutuku respectively.
They further warned the entire Cord fraternity that they lacked the political muscle and resources for them to gun for the top seat separately.