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When there is no choice, Ministers find new ways to survive in politics

Posted by African Press International on September 29, 2007

Story by SIMBI KUSIMBA
Publication Date: 9/29/2007

Trade minister Mukhisa Kituyi has quit Narc Kenya and joined New Ford Kenya.

Minister of Trade Mukhisa Kituyi.

The former Narc-K secretary-general said his action followed two meetings with his supporters one at Friends School Kamusinga and the other at Naitiri Friends church in his constituency.

The Kimilili MP moved along with all other Narc-K delegates from the constituency to the party chaired by Housing minister Soita Shitanda.

Im now in New Ford Kenya, and we are having our partys delegates conference at the Bishop Scam Conference Centre tomorrow (today) to make several resolutions and decide who to endorse for the presidential race, Dr Kituyi said yesterday.

The ministers move comes a year after he abandoned Ford-K to join Narc-K where he served briefly as interim chairman before being made interim secretary-general.

Narc-K was then widely believed to be the one on whose ticket President Kibaki would seek re-election.

But the President has now identified his base the National Party of Unity.

ODM wave

He is due to launch his campaigns at the Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi, tomorrow.

The launch is seen by political observers as intended to counter an ODM wave sweeping across Western Province following the naming last month of former vice-president Musalia Mudavadi as party presidential candidate Raila Odingas running mate.

Today, Kanu, Ford-K and Narc-K all PNU affiliate parties are scheduled to hold their national delegates conferences before endorsing President Kibaki as the coalitions presidential candidate tomorrow.

Lifted and published by Korir, API*APN source.nation.ke

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