Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has invited disgruntled Jubilee leaders to join Cord if they fear lack of internal democracy in their party.
“Half of the Jubilee party leaders will join Wiper, ODM. But we in Cord will remain united,” he said.
“You will see how they will abandon the party because they will be outdoing each other in votes’ rigging.”
The Cord co-principal said many Jubilee leaders will leave the party for fear of being rigged out, electoral malpractices and lack of internal democracy.
Kalonzo said he and Cord principals Raila Odinga and Moses Wetang’ula will be ready to receive Jubilee rebels after the merger of affiliate parties on September 8 and 9.
Jubilee plans to merge all its member parties into the Jubilee Party. The move has already met opposition from within, with some leaders expressing fears over limited democratic and patronage by party chiefs.
Kalonzo also extended an olive branch to ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua to join the coalition to form a united and strong opposition.
He lauded Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama, his Siaya counterpart James Orengo and Tongaren MP Eseli Simiyu for leading the Cord team through the IEBC reforms talks.
The Joint Parliamentary Committee on electoral reforms submitted its report last week, recommending a formula for sending home the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission officials.
The report recommends appointment of new commissioners before the end of next month.
“They did a good job in ensuring there shall be no rigging and MPs should not embarrass Kenyans,” Kalonzo said.
He spoke to his supporters after arrival from New York, where he was crowned African Dignitary Man Of The Year 2016by a global humanitarian Organisation – We Care for Humanity.
The Wiper leader expressed optimism in being picked to fly the Cord presidential flag next year.
Kalonzo said the Cord principals will meet US secretary of state John Kerry to explain why they are calling for the withdrawal of Kenyan troops from Somalia.
“We want to explain these things to them so everybody understands that the way to peace in Africa is never through confrontations and loss of lives. You have to negotiate all the way, despite hard-line stances,” he said.