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Kanu to share posts amicably – Biwott’s men rewarded

Posted by African Press International on September 28, 2007

Publication Date: 9/28/2007

Keiyo South MP Nicholas Biwott is expected to get a bigger position in Kanu when the more than 3,000 members converge in Nairobi at the weekend for the national delegates conference.

Keiyo South MP Nicholas Biwott.

The move is the outcome of the harmonisation process that was agreed upon between Mr Biwotts faction and another led by Uhuru Kenyatta following talks to unify the party.

One of the issues agreed upon during the talks was to share party positions equally between Mr Biwott and Mr Kenyatta. The latter will retain the chairmanship.

Another key issue is to appease the Kalenjin community who feel pushed out of the party they have supported for a long time. They also agreed that Mr Kenyatta and Mr Biwott be joint signatories recognised by the Electoral Commission of Kenya for the partys nomination.

Prof Sam Ongeri and Mr Noah Katana Ngala, who belonged to the Biwott faction, will get positions of vice- chairmen, left behind by Mr Dalmas Otieno and Mr Chris Okemo who have joined the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).

From Mr Kenyattas side, Mr Justin Muturi and Mr Marsden Madoka will assume the two remaining positions of vice-chairmen.

Bomet MP Nick Salat assumes the post of secretary general, replacing Eldoret North MP William Ruto, a member of ODMs pentagon.

Former minister Julius Sunkuli and Buret MP Paul Sang will also be beneficiaries in the new arrangement.

Arrangements for the meeting that will also endorse the partys position not to field a presidential candidate in favour of President Kibaki are at an advanced stage.

Notice sent out

The venue has already been secured while the notice was sent out a fortnight ago, party executive officer Njee Muturi said yesterday.

I have information that delegates from the far-flung areas have already started their journey to Nairobi in readiness for the meeting, Mr Muturi said by telephone.

The mode of nominating parliamentary and civic candidates within the Party of National Unity (PNU) will also be discussed and endorsed.

Lifted and published by Korir, API*APN

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