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Raila Odinga wants to talk to Kalonzo Musyoka – The man he castigated earlier

Posted by African Press International on September 23, 2007

Story by NATION Repo

ODM Presidential candidate Raila Odinga said negotiation doors with his ODM Kenya rival Kalonzo Musyoka were still open.

Mr Odinga, who spoke in London at a dinner hosted in his honour in Westminster Hotel, on Tuesday, said ODM was ready to negotiate with parties that shared  its vision and ideals, for the benefit of all Kenyans.

The Langata MP was answering a question raised by one of the guests on his relationship with Mr Musyoka, who recently chose nominated MP Julia Ojiambo as his running mate.

My Government will be grounded on the fundamental principles of equity and prosperity to all Kenyans. Of priority will be the eradication of corruption, tribalism, and equitable distribution of resources to all Kenyans, Mr Odinga told the guests.

He said he had traversed the entire country and identified unique concerns for each community in Kenya, each requiring a distinctive approach.

Mr Odinga praised Kenyans in the diaspora for expressing interest in local politics and other important issues.

Mr  George Muruli, ODM publicity secretary in the UK, said ODM supporters there congratulated Mr Odinga on his nomination as the partys presidential candidate.

Various parties

Back home, ODM leaders yesterday criticised Panus strategy of winning the December General Election through use of various parties.

Pentagon leader William Ruto and MPs William Ntimama and Joseph Nkaissery said Kenyans should not accept to vote for President Kibaki under Panu and then vote for different party candidates for parliamentary and civic seats.

That system cannot happen in the 21st century. We should vote three piece. ODM presidential candidate, parliamentary and civic, said Mr Ruto during the burial of Kajiado North parliamentary aspirant Moses Ole Sakuda’s mother.

Mr Ruto said it would be difficult for voters to demand transparency and accountability from leaders if they voted them in office on different parties.

Mr Ruto said ODM was sure of winning the polls and that President Kibaki will be leader of Opposition next year.

Mr Sakuda is seeking to end Education Minister George Saitoti’s more than 20-year grip on the Kajiado North parliamentary seat. Prof Saitoti attended church service but skipped the burial ceremony.

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