Muturi denies coalition pact with One Kenya Alliance

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has dismissed reports indicating that he has joined the One Kenya Alliance (OKA).

Although Muturi who is the Democratic Party’s presidential flag bearer did not rule out joining forces with like-minded parties, he was quick to point out that only the top decision making organ of the the political outfit will have the final say.

The Speaker was speaking Tuesday at a Nairobi Hotel after a Democratic Party National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting that was chaired by party leader Joseph Munyao and attended by national Chairman Esau Kioni among others.

It was the first time in over one month that Muturi made a public appearance after his communications team announced he had suffered a fractured right elbow following a minor mishap in his office in Parliament.

The Speaker, who was still wearing a support cast on his injured hand, announced that he is fairing well and was back on the campaign trail.

Muturi’s clarification comes hot on the heels of a visit last week by OKA principals Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Moses Wetang’ula (Ford-Kenya) and former MP Cyrus Jirongo at his Nairobi residence that left many speculating whether he could join forces with the OKA principals ahead of the August 9 polls.

“DP has always worked with other like-minded in the past and this time around there is no exception. Therefore, as a party are open to working with like-minded parties and leaders who desire the very best for this country and who also subscribe to our founding principles,” Muturi said.

“The decision of me engaging other parties in coalition talks can only be made by the top decision-making organ of DP. I cannot make that decision as an individual,” he added.

Munyao, the Party leader steered clear of the coalition talks announcing that the party would meet formally to endorse Muturi as its presidential candidate.

Munyao also put on alert all aspirants intending to seek the DP ticket, adding that the formalities to be followed during the nominations would be put in place before the end of February.

He, at the same time, called on leaders in public positions to continue discharging their duties diligently and with integrity saying that was what he seeks to offer should he be elected to the office of President of Kenya.

On resignations of civil servants eyeing political seats by February 9, Muturi said the Judiciary was best placed to give the final interpretation.

“The matter is active in court, suffice to say that the constitution is clear that it is only some people in certain jobs who are required to resign in order to run for particular offices, it appears to have been an oversight in the constitution and that is why BBI was seeking amendments. The final interpretation of the constitution is vested in the judiciary” he explained.

With Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) set to roll out the second phase of Enhanced Continuous Voter Registration (ECVR) from January 17th, the Speaker has rallied the youth to take advantage of the drive and exercise their civic right to enlist as voters.

Muturi said: “If you do not register, you cannot cast your vote, and then you end up complaining that Kenyans elect bad leaders. Yet, when you do not vote, you are responsible for putting bad leaders in office.”

  

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