KANU distances itself from CORD’


As political parties re-align themselves ahead of the 2017 General Election, the Kenya National Union (KANU) has disassociated itself from the opposition CORD with its officials saying the party will remain independent.

KANU Secretary General Nick Salat has distanced the party from any possible coalition with CORD saying it was ready to field its own candidates in the coming elections.

Salat said that when the party joined the CORD coalition’s demos on Nairobi streets to call for the removal of IEBC commissioners from office never meant that it was ready for any merger but it was in the interest of Kenyans to ensure that the electoral body is reformed..

He said Kanu has been pushing for the restructuring of the commission through the Inter-Party Parliamentary Group formula of 1997 with which political parties nominated representatives to the commission.

The KANU SG at the same time has supported calls for fresh voter’s audit of the voters register before the next general elections and warned that that if this was not done, there were possibilities of rigging during the elections.

Salat said the matter would cause divisions amongst communities in the country and hence called for the process to be hastened as the party would not allow the elections to be conducted using the current voter register.

He claimed that the Jubilee coalition was planning to use the old voter register to rig.

On party Funding, Salat the Secretary General urged the government to review the move saying no proper consultations was conducted on the matter that involves the use of public money.

He said the idea would be very expensive to the country and hence demanded for the government to be cautious while funding political parties.

Salat who was accompanied by Baringo Governor Benjamin Cheboi spoke yesterday at Muchongoi area in Baringo during the home coming ceremony for Dr. Stanley Rotich, the first person from the Edorois community to attain a PhD.

Rotich was conferred with the Doctorate Degree in Pure Mathematics from Kenyatta University.

Baringo senator Benjamin Cheboi said he was firmly in the ruling Jubilee party and dismissed calls from a section of leaders to join KANU.

He said he would seek his re-election in a Jubille ticket and called on residents to support his political bid Cheboi commended the formation of the new IEBC commissioners and challenged them to execute their duties with integrity and without fear or favour in the coming general elections.

He called for sobriety as leaders jostle for political seats. Saying that peace was paramount in the country for the sake of development.

The governor said this was a critical moment for the country when Kenyans are divided along tribal lines and political affiliation and hence called on Kenyans to shun divisive politics.

Cheboi defended his term in office saying that it had changed the lives of many in the region and more so in the education sector.


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