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Kibaki to seek second term under PNU – He has a very huge support to win

Posted by African Press International on September 17, 2007

Story by LUCAS BARASA and MUGUMO MUNENE
Publication Date: 9/17/2007

President Kibaki has formally declared that he will seek re-election on a Party of National Unity ticket.

The Presidents decision gave a new momentum to the race for State House. He is being challenged by Langata MP Raila Odinga of ODM and Mwingi North MP Kalonzo Musyoka of ODM Kenya.

President Kibaki (centre) in a show of unity with leaders of key parties in the Party of National Unity coalition. They are from left Shirikisho leader Ali Mwakwere (partly hidden) Ford-P leader Simeon Nyachae, Vice-President Moody Awori, Ford-K boss Musikari Kombo, Kanu chairman Uhuru Kenyatta and Narc Kenya chairman Raphael Tuju. Photo/JOSEPH MATHENGE

Shortly before 4pm yesterday, the President made history when he decided to join another party in his re-election bid after he ditched Narc which sponsored him in 2002.

To safeguard the gains we have achieved to date and to attain the objectives and ideals we have spelt out, I have decided that I will seek re-election as President of the Republic of Kenya under an alliance that we have named the Party of National Unity, the President announced.

The members of the coalition, which was revealed exclusively by the Daily Nation last Wednesday are: Kanu, Ford Kenya, Ford People, Narc Kenya and Shirikisho among others, the President announced. Each party will retain its identity.

Welfare of Kenyans

President Kibaki said the party was formed to address the challenges facing the country including tribalism.

We have decided to form an alliance of political parties who believe that we should give highest priority to the welfare of individual Kenyans, peace, unity and development of our country, he said.

The President said the alliance represented the desires of Kenyans, gave hope for the future and stood for accountability and good governance.

It is, in his words, an alliance that says yes, we have made major economic and social strides but there is still a lot of work that remains to be done.

He said his re-election vehicle was committed to reducing poverty and ensuring every Kenyan had access to food, shelter, health and education.

It also advocated for a stable and united country.

The President was flanked by his key supporters, including leaders of various Government-friendly parties.

They included the leader of the Official Opposition, Mr Uhuru Kenyatta, who is Kanu chairman, Ford Kenya chairman Musikari Kombo, Narc Kenyas Raphael Tuju, Ford People leader Simeon Nyachae, Mr Chirau Ali Mwakwere (Shirikisho) and DPs Sam Nyamweya.

President Kibaki did not name DP a party he founded in 1991 and which nominated him to Narc in 2002. The DP played a key role in the formation of PNU.

The President only listed Kanu, Ford Kenya, Ford People, Narc Kenya and Shirikisho but invited other parties who hold similar objectives to join us.

He said a coordinating team of PNU would prepare for the formal launch of his presidential campaigns on September 29.

The President cited his Governments achievements as some of the reasons he was seeking a second term in office, to complete the projects he had initiated.

Among the success stories he enumerated were free primary education, which has seen millions of children go to school, increased access to tap water, revival of agriculture and provision of markets for farmers produce, expansion of rural electrification and equipping of hospitals.

According to him, 1,000 hospitals had been built to take health care closer to people, communities empowered through the Constituency Development Fund, thousands of squatters issued with title deeds and 4,000 kilometres of roads built and transport network rehabilitated.

We have been able to achieve all these because of support of all Kenyans and focused leadership that placed the needs of wananchi first, the President said.

Leadership, he added, was about delivery of development and improvement of lives of all Kenyans.

Leadership is not about vindictiveness and empty politics. It is not also about empty propaganda and tribal politics, he said.

Hitting at the opposition, the President said he was saddened that some politicians were dividing the country on tribal lines.

These politicians do not want to focus on real issues that affect wananchi. That is not the direction we want to see Kenya going. As a patriot and your leader, I will continue to dedicate myself to the ideal of national unity, he said.

The President said his leadership was guided by the words of the national anthem: Justice be our shield and defender, may we dwell in unity, peace and liberty.

He thanked Kenyans including his family and First Lady Lucy, for the support they had given him in the last four and half years he has been at the helm.

The President also remembered his key allies who died after Narc came to power including vice-president Michael Wamalwa, Cabinet ministers Geoffrey Parpai, Mohamed Khalif and Karisa Maitha.

He also paid tribute to the Marsabit plane crash victims.

Government-friendly MPs and lobby groups campaigning for President Kibaki, including Vijana na Kibaki, welcomed the new party saying they would now hit the road to ensure PNU won.

Vijana na Kibaki leader Joseph Kioko said: We will now mobilise the youth to vote for President Kibaki under PNU.

Yesterdays launch brought together key leaders in President Kibakis political game plan, including Mr Kenyatta, who in the 2002 General Elections, gave President Kibaki a run for his money and ended as runner-up.

Vice-President Moody Awori, Mr Kombo, Trade and Industry minister Mukhisa Kituyi are President Kibakis key men in Western Province while Agriculture minister Kipruto Kirwa, Noah Wekesa (Science and Technology), George Saitoti (Education) and John Koech (East African Community) will spearhead PNU campaigns in Rift Valley.

In Coast, President Kibaki will rely on Mr Mwakwere, the Shirikisho chairman and Cabinet ministers Morris Dzoro and Suleiman Shakombo while in Eastern Province, the Presidents pointmen include ministers Kiraitu Murungi, David Mwiraria, Mutua Katuku, Njeru Ndwiga, assistant minister Kalembe Ndile and MP Justin Muturi.

Mr Tuju, Mr Nyachae and Planning minister Henry Obwocha will sell PNU in Nyanza while President Kibakis pointman in Nairobi remains Sports minister Maina Kamanda.

Mr Kenyatta and ministers Amos Kimunya, Mutahi Kagwe and Martha Karua will campaign in Central Province.

Lifted and Published by Korir, African Press International(API)/ African Press in Norway(APN) africanpress@chello.no tel +47 932 99 739 or +47 6300 2525 source.nation.ke

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