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Raila says, he will not allow Kalonzo to be vice president if he returns to his splinter group

Posted by African Press International on September 5, 2007

Raila thinks Kalonzo Musyoka might decide to return to ODM splinter group that he leads. One thing he is forgetting is the fact that Kalonzo leads the much more larger ODM-K and may instead want to see Raila join him if Raila has to have a chance to be elected to any position of noticeable state.

Kalonzo will use his ODM-K as bargaining power to work with KANU and Kibaki, a step that will enable Kibaki to get his second term in Office.( API/APN editorial)

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Story by DAVID MUGONYI and LUCAS BARASA
Publication Date: 9/5/2007

ODM presidential candidate Raila Odinga chose Mr Musalia Mudavadi as his running mate because the former vice-president is honest, cautious and experienced in Government.

Mr Odinga said the decision would not be changed even if ODM Kenya presidential candidate Kalonzo Musyoka teamed up with ODM.

Mudavadi represents a very large constituency. Musyoka also has some following. If he comes back that does not mean we will dump Mudavadi, the Langata MP said.

According to him, his decision to have Mr Mudavadi as his running mate had been endorsed by ODM delegates and was therefore a covenant. It was also reached after consultations with other ODM leaders, including MPs William Ruto, Najib Balala and Joseph Nyaga, who had been eyeing the ODM presidential ticket before they were defeated by Mr Odinga in the nomination. Mr Mudavadi was the runner-up.

The Langata MP further said that Mr Balala stepped down in his favour during the Saturday nominations after being asked to do so by Coast residents and the Council of Imams.

He said in an interview that it was too early to predict how the General Election will be because President Kibaki was yet to identify his party of choice.

ODM had also not made any arrangement to ask Health minister Charity Ngilu to join the party.

However, the party was interested in working with Ford Kenya but chairman Musikari Kombo was yet to make up his mind over the matter.

Criticised police

On Kanu chairman Uhuru Kenyatta, who led his supporters out of ODM, Mr Odinga said he understood his predicament, which he attributed to ethnic bashing.

At the same time the MP criticised the police for failing to turn up at last weekends ODM conference to maintain law and order despite being notified.

He said in a statement that police were supposed to carry out their official duty of maintaining law and order at public functions and their failure to turn up at Kasarani, where the conference was held, was an attempt to subvert the democratic process.

Mr Odinga is set to leave the country for a tour of the US today. While there, he will addresses conferences in Denver, Houston and Kansas cities before returning after a week

Lifted and published by Korir, API*APN africanpress@chello.no tel +47 932 99 739 or +47 6300 2525 source.nation.ke

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