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Published:September 9th, 2006 08:08 EST

The Two-Rorse Race-Kenyan Politics.

By Juliet Maruru

It is now very clear that the 2007 General elections in Kenya will be a race between two major political parties; Orange Democratic Movement [ODM-Kenya] and the National Rainbow Coalition [ NARC-Kenya]. While Narc- Kenya seems to be under the President of Kenya, Mwai Kibaki, ODM- Kenya is owned by several aspiring presidential candidates.

The presidential candidates for ODM- Kenya are as follows; Mr. Najib Balala, Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta, Mr. Musalia Mudavadi, Mr. Kalonzo Musyoka, Mr. Raila Odinga and Mr. William Ruto. If the candidates fail to decide on who will be the principal candidate, a people's congress might have to be formed with about 1200 delegates from among the countrywide membership, to vote on a principal candidate. This is according to copies of a policy document that were accessed by the Nation Newspaper.

Talks by the ODM-K leaders on the policy document, entitled Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, plus a draft of the party's manifesto, have been continuing. They carried on throughout Wednesday evening at the Nairobi Club, where the senior members approved the drafts and proposed they should be forwarded to a committee of experts for a final version. The policies therein will, once endorsed, govern the manner in which ODM-Kenya will approach the 2007 general elections.

Meanwhile, Hon. minister for Health, Charity Ngilu who was a major component of the original NARC party that took over power from the KANU party in 2003, led dozens of women in protest over Minister John Michuki's harsh criticism towards her over party alliances after she threatened to join a new party if the President joined the Narc Kenya party alliance.

The NARC Kenya party has been a sore spot for the original members, some who feel that the President cannot legally subscribe to the party before the election and other who feel that new alliances must be formed to help the party hold on to power. The alliances and party politics have raised the political climate to a very high degree, forcing observers and stakeholders to call for more care to avoid civil animosity escalating to war.