Ngilu at crossroads on new alliances, party interests

Water Minister Charity Ngilu has been sending mixed signals over her political directions with reports that she plans to ditch the Raila Odinga/Kalonzo Musyoka Coalition for Reform and Democracy (Cord) alliance.

On the day Ngilu joined the two at the KICC to unveil their new act, the minister is said to have met Deputy Prime Ministers Uhuru Kenyatta and Musalia Mudavadi over possibilities of working with them.

She reportedly met with Uhuru on Tuesday night at a city hotel before meeting Mudavadi yesterday.

Just last month, Ngilu and her party officials announced their willingness to work with TNA only to make a surprise entry into KICC.

Ngilu is said to be unhappy that her Narc party was listed among small parties that form Cord and that she is not assured of any prominent role or position. ODM, Wiper and Ford-Kenya are the only three parties which are listed at the Registrar of Political Parties to have signed the pact.

Sources indicate that Ngilu was in a dilemma as both camps were viewing her with suspicion.

She is also said to be concerned that she may not get the group’s support and ticket to contest the Kitui Senate seat which is also eyed by Mwingi South MP David Musila. Musila played an instrumental role on bringing together Raila and Kalonzo.

Yesterday, the minister’s spokesman Martin Masai denied that she will ditch the Cord. “Waziri is in the alliance to stay as she brings that motherly figure of a fighter for reforms in the group,” Masai said.

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