Kenya's opposition coalition to unveil flagbearer

From left: Kenya's opposition National Super Alliance coalition principals principals Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetang'ula, Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka. They have vowed to stay together after naming one of them as the presidential flagbearer in the August 8, 2017 General Election. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Kenya's opposition alliance has said that it will announce its presidential candidate on Thursday next week.

The National Super Alliance (Nasa) also said it had already agreed on how to share power, if victorious at the General Election.

Nasa also admitted Bomet Governor and Chama Cha Mashinani party leader Isaac Ruto into its ranks, creating what ODM boss Raila Odinga christened the Nasa Pentagon.

The meeting

Thursday’s meeting had been billed as the day a major announcement would be made, creating the expectation that the alliance’s flagbearer would be named. However, the announcement was that a day for unveiling the candidate had been agreed on and that Mr Ruto had officially joined the opposition.

Ford-Kenya party leader Moses Wetang’ula, who spoke last at the meeting at the Bomas of Kenya, made the announcement.

“On the twenty seventh of this month, April, the year 2017, we have a date with you in Uhuru Park,” he told the crowd at the well-organised and choreographed event.

Submit the names

“That day, we shall be told about the team that is going to save Kenya. They (the person) will obviously be the first among equals but we shall all be equals,” said the Senate Minority Leader.

According to the timelines set by the electoral commission, and which are based on the law, parties should finish their primaries by April 26 and submit the names of their nominees by May 10. All candidates will then submit their papers to the Returning Officers for clearance between May 28 and June 2, the chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission said on Wednesday.

Kenyans go to the polls on August 8.

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