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ODM-K rejects calls to join Kibaki party

Posted by African Press International on August 5, 2008

Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka acknowledges greetings from members of the public when he arrived at Tala, Kangundo on Sunday. Photo/FILE

ByLUCAS BARASA and JULIENNE LAULER
ODM Kenya has rejected plans to dissolve PNU affiliate parties.

The partys top decision-making organs, whose leader is Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, on Monday announced that they will not dissolve their party to join PNU.

The decision was aimed at quelling divisions that have threatened to split the party.

ODM-Kenya now joins Narc-Kenya, Ford-Kenya, Safina and the Democratic Party of Kenya, all of which have rejected President Kibakis call for PNU unity.

Last month, the President proposed that the PNU affiliate parties should form one formidable outfit.

On Monday, as a group allied to Mr Musyoka reachead the decision, another one of rebel ODM-K MPs were meeting at the Labour Party of Kenya offices to plan their own meeting scheduled for next week.

The rebel group has been criticising Mr Musyokas leadership and has threatened to dethrone him as party leader. They accuse the VP of entering into a coalition with PNU without the partys blessings, of being unfair in nomination of councillors and MPs and keeping quiet despite ODM-K being short-changed in sharing of positions in the Grand Coalition.

But the Musyoka group reached out to the critics on Monday by forming a team to reconcile the party leaders.

Members include party secretary general Mutula Kilonzo, MP Lucas Maitha, and other officials, Ms Peris Tobiko and Dr Mohamed Sirat, a statement from Wiper Chungwa House in Lavington, said.

Mr Kilonzo, who is also the Nairobi Metropolitan Development Minister, accused the partys enemies of being behind problems facing it. The party defended its move to join the Government, saying the decision was reached after extensive consultations and that it saved the country from collapse in the wake of the post-election violence.

Recruitment drive

And to meet the Political Parties Act requirements, the party said it would conduct a recruitment drive between September and October.
Among the requirements of the law are that parties should have at least 200 supporters in each province.

Kangundo MP Johnstone Muthama, who was thought to have been pushing for the dissolution of ODM-Kenya, attended yesterdays meeting and expressed solidarity with those against the move.

MP Isaac Muoki, who was claimed to be in the rebel camp, also turned up for yesterdays talks.

Meanwhile, the Labour Party of Kenya has announced that it will soon go for grassroots elections as a way of strengthening its political base and to comply with the Political Parties Act.

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