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Kenyan opposition parties choosing presidential candidates

Kenyan opposition parties choosing presidential candidates

A long-serving former Cabinet minister clinched the nomination of a main opposition party Friday in the final months before a watershed presidential election in Kenya.
The vote, scheduled for December, would be the first time an incumbent president faced a credible challenge in Kenya. When President Mwai Kibaki, who is seeking a second term, ran in 2002 against Daniel arap Moi, Moi was barred constitutionally from extending his 24 years in power. Moi, whose presidency was tainted by charges of vast corruption, won in 1992 and 1997 amid vote rigging allegations.
On Friday, Kalonzo Musyoka, 52, won the right to head the ticket of the Orange Democratic Movement-Kenya party. Musyoka won the nomination with 2,835 votes, said David Rimita, chairman of the party's election board. His sole competitor got 781 votes.
Musyoka, who has described himself as a social democrat, has promised to fulfill the demand of many Kenyans to enact a new constitution that is more democratic than the current one, which gives the presidency enormous powers. He has said he is committed to a free market economy, so long as it is balanced with the need to tackle Kenya's debilitating poverty.
About 46 percent of the population lives under a dollar (euro) a day, according to government figures.
On Saturday, the Orange Democratic Movement Party of Kenya will choose its candidate from a list of five hopefuls, all of whom have served as Cabinet ministers under Moi or Kibaki.
Raila Odinga, 62, is the leading contender and advocates a parliamentary system of government to change the current emphasis on tribe in Kenyan politics. He has also vowed to boost the economy by investing in infrastructure. He says he will finance that by broadening Kenya's tax base and seeking foreign loans.
Kibaki was elected in 2002 on a platform of reform, ending the 39-year rule of the Kenya African National Union party that had became synonymous with corruption, mismanagement and human rights violations. His administration has improved many government services, but has fumbled when it comes to fighting high-level graft.
Presidential hopefuls have been crisscrossing Kenya since January _ something that would have been impossible under Moi. Police and local administrators blocked the then-president's opponents from campaigning outside the capital and their strongholds.


Updated : 2021-06-19 00:11 GMT+08:00