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I’m ready to sacrifice 2017 bid for Jubilee to lose, says Kalonzo

Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has said he is ready to sacrifice his presidential ambition if that will enable Cord beat Jubilee Alliance Party in the 2017 General Election. The former Vice President said the Opposition is determined not to repeat the mistakes that cost them in 2013 poll win.

At the same time, Kalonzo, Cord co-principals Raila Odinga and Moses Wetang’ula downplayed the cracks that have emerged over who will be the coalition’s flag bearer in 2017 despite growing pressure from their camps.

Addressing Cord parliamentarians and governors during a retreat at the Great Rift Lodge in Naivasha yesterday, the leaders pledged to remain united and assured their supporters that they are ready to battle it out with the Jubilee Alliance Party.

In what could signify political realignment, Narc-Kenya leader Martha Karua attended the two-day retreat, saying she has declared to join Cord co-principals.

“I am here as an invited guest and I am here with my deputy and one other members of the party…we’ve been associating with Cord and that’s in public and we will continue doing that,” she said.

Raila and Kalonzo had earlier met legislators in a closed door meeting where they urged the MPs to stay united. Kalonzo said he is ready to sacrifice his presidential ambitions “I have a great feeling that the issue of who becomes the flag bearer is immaterial but what is important is that Jubilee must lose this election,” he said.

Orengo, who read a statement on behalf of the co-principals, termed the matter on who will become the flag bearer as “a non-issue”, saying more important issues facing the country such as insecurity and economy were discussed.

“On this matter, you can read the lips of the co-principals… it’s a non-issue,” said Orengo said. Cord claimed the Jubilee is running down the economy through policies and programmes that have subjected the country to “inevitable downturn”.

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