Mudavadi’s ANC approves formation of Super Alliance


Mudavadi's ANC approves formation of Super Alliance

The Amani National Congress (ANC) on Friday, October 21 approved the formation of an alliance with the opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) hinting at a possibility of fielding a single presidential candidate for the 2017 elections.

Speaking in Machakos after a joint National Executive Committee (NEC) and Parliamentary Group Meeting, party leader, Musalia Mudavadi, said the opposition must unite to ensure a win in the next General Election.

“The National Super Alliance (NASA) or Muungano Maalum is a serious debate we would like to engage in particularly with those in the opposition. The whole idea is to have a more inclusive and robust political dispensation,” Mudavadi said.

The party further announced the formation of a team to lead the talks on the same further encouraging those in other parties to join them.

Geoffrey Atotsi, the party’s Secretary General, reiterated the party’s support for its leader as he starts a journey to unify the opposition against the Jubilee administration.

Muungano Maalum is a space for all those against misrule by Jubilee which is characterized by condoning rampant corruption; a ruinous and extravagant economic model of borrowing to eat while protecting economic saboteurs; arrogant ethnic exclusionism; and ruining our youth with the hustler mentality while stealing billions meant to empower the same youth,” said Atotsi.

“The elderly and orphans are not spared the looting; billions meant for them under Cash Transfer to cushion them is the next stop after NYS. These needy Kenyans do not get their monthly stipends because of flimsy excuses and ghost beneficiaries.”

Among issues deliberated in the meeting were the ANC Policy Paper and ANC Women Charter.

“Both documents now make ANC the only party in Kenya that has outlined and makes its campaign issues public while the Women Charter is a first in Kenyan politics affirming ANC’s commitment to women participatory empowerment,” noted Atotsi.

The party is now urging those who want to join it to do so before February 2017 as the law requires.

“We also note with concern that the IEBC online confirmation of registered voters is faulty. In many cases it does not respond but when it does, it shows many voter card holders are not registered. We do hope this is not deliberate to reduce registered voters in certain areas.”

The probable formation of a ‘Super Alliance’ will throw the current structural organization in CORD into further disarray with the question of who will be the party’s flag bearer in the next presidential elections remaining unanswered.

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