Uhuru,Ruto launch alliance in Nakuru
TNA and URP today launched a per-election alliance ahead of December 4 deadline by warning foreigners against interfering with Kenya’s sovereignty.
“We warn foreigners to respect the sovereign right of Kenyans to determine their destiny at the ballot,” warned TNA presidential aspirant Uhuru Kenyatta in a short statement that typical of Kenyan politics was devoid of issues but full of rhetoric.
The alliance(Uhuruto) brings together ICC suspects Uhuru Kenyatta and Eldoret North MP William Ruto. The launch had no formal signing agreement but exchange of caps by the two leaders amidst cheers from their supporters. Uhuru will be the presidential candidate while Ruto will be his running mate.
Supporters of the two parties braved a heavy downpour to wait for the signing of the pact, the first before the Tuesday deadline.
Some analysts see the coalition of the Kikuyu and the Kalenjin as the right dose to end the hatred between the two tribes which has seen thousand of lives lost. But others have termed it a ‘marriage of convenience’ to shield them from ICC cases.
Uhuru in his short speech which did not delve on issues only said he will have a lean central government(Which the constitution has already spelt out) and power will be decentralized.There was no talk on how security which is a big issue will be addressed and how his government will address unemployment.
Ruto on his part called the Kikuyu/Kalenjin alliance a big step towards the unity of the nation. He said many people thought the two communities cannot unite but they had proved their critics wrong.Uhuru said they chose Nakuru as the launch pad for their 2013 walk to State House because of its multi-ethnic status.
As the alliance was being launched ODM the other ‘horse’ in the presidential race was at Tononoka grounds where leaders taunted the new TNA/URP ‘tribal’ alliance. Some of the leaders wondered whether only Kikuyus and Kalenjin can rule Kenya. The country has had all the three Presidents from the two communities.
ODM presidential hopeful Raila Odinga has not named any coalition partner and the much hyped talks between him and Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka grew cold after the later dismissed the talks.