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War erupts in Kenya Kwanza over choice of running mate

War erupts in Kenya Kwanza over choice of running mate

By Correspondent

A war has erupted in Kenya Kwanza Coalition over the running mate’s slot.

On one hand United Democratic Alliance (UDA) members are vocal that Deputy President William Ruto must pick his running mate from Mt Kenya region to be guaranteed support.

On the other hand Amani National Congress (ANC) party wants Ruto to pick his running mate from western Kenya.

On Monday, Amani castigated Mathira Member of Parliament Rigathi Gachagua (pictured) for claiming the Kenya Kwanza Coalition had agreed to have a running mate from the Mount Kenya region with about 6 million voters.

Gachagua is among Mt Kenya heavyweights eyeing the running mate slot.

In a statement signed by ANC Secretary-General Simon Gikuru, the Musalia Mudavadi-led party warned Gachagua to refrain from making statements on matters that had not been agreed on by their principals. 

Gikuru also described the MP as suffering from a "regional United Democratic Alliance (UDA) mindset" and urged him and his colleagues to embrace the broader picture of the Kenya Kwanza philosophy. 

ANC affirmed that the coalition was yet to name a presidential candidate as well as running mate - pointing out that it would be announced at a later time. 

"It is, therefore, our considered opinion that Rigathi Gachagua should transition from regional UDA mindset to embrace the broader picture of Kenya Kwanza philosophy.

"Kenya Kwanza coalition has not decided on its presidential and running mate candidates. This will happen and be unveiled at an appropriate time by our principals – Ruto, Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula," read part of the statement. 

The development came amid jostling over who would lead the Kenya Kwanza campaigns in the absence of two senior principals - Mudavadi and Ruto - who are on a ten-day tour to the United States. 

Further, speculations have been rife over the power-sharing deal among the three principals after ANC and FORD-Kenya agreed to forge an alliance dubbed Kenya Kwanza. 

Recently, Nominated senator Isaac Mwaura intimated to the media that the Mount Kenya region would get the running mate slot while Mudavadi would become a Chief Minister should the Kenya Kwanza alliance win the August Election. 

The speculations were however debunked by UDA Secretary Veronica Maina who pointed out that the details of the pact between the three principals would be unveiled at a later date. 

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