CORD Reveals How Presidential Candidate Will be Selected

  • The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) has appointed a team of trusted individuals to spearhead the process of selecting their presidential candidate without breaking the coalition.

    CORD has appointed Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama (Wiper), his Siaya counterpart James Orengo (ODM) and Tongaren MP Eseli Simiyu (Ford-Kenya) to come up with ways aimed at arriving at a single presidential candidate without splitting the coalition.

    The three are reported by Nation to have been holding private meetings and are already with numerous options that the coalition will consider.

    The Opposition leaders have remained united in the last three years, but the presidential ambitions could wreck the stability as all the coalition principals are eyeing the presidential seat.

    Raila Odinga, who was the CORD coalition's presidential candidate in 2013, is set to compete with his co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper leader) and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang'ula ahead of the 2017 polls.

    Earlier on, Senator Wetang'ula promised that he would accept nothing but a free and fair nomination process.

    “Nobody will have an issue with a free, fair and democratic process. But if the process is manipulated, then everybody has options,” he stated.

    Recently, Wetang'ula was forced to abort a launch of his presidential bid, which was to be held in Kakamega, after Governor Wycliffe Oparanya claimed that the area belonged to ODM.

    The Wiper party leader has also been recorded in many rallies telling the public to support his presidency come the 2017 General Election.

    Musyoka, during a voter registration campaign at the Coast, urged fellow coalition members to support him adding that his votes could not be stolen like those belonging to Raila.

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