KANU has not joined CORD – Salat

File Photo: KANU Secretary General Nick Salat speaking in Trans Nzoia on Saturday June 25, 2016

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 explained that when the party joined the CORD coalition’s anti-IEBC demos in Nairobi, it never meant that KANU was ready for any merger. He added that they only took part in the protests because reformation of the poll body was in the best interest of the Kenyan people.

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

Salat supported calls for a fresh audit of the voters’ register before the next General Elections, warning that that if this was not done, there were possibilities of rigging during the polls.

The KANU SG claimed that Jubilee was planning to rig the polls using the old voters’ register, therefore stating that his party would not allow the polls to be conducted using the list.
On the recent ruling on funding of political parties, Salat said 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 Muchungui 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.

Staying with Jubilee

Governor Cheboi said he still backed the ruling Jubilee Party, dismissing calls from a section of leaders to join KANU.

He said he would seek his re-election in a Jubilee ticket, and he called on residents to support his political bid.

Cheboi lauded the section of the new IEBC commissioners, saying the new team should execute their duties with integrity.

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

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