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Is Kenya's Ruling Party United? - 2002-07-31

The political process in Kenya is once again in the news. With presidential elections approaching, there are reports that the ruling party, KANU, is disintegrating. Observers speak of ambition, ethnic issues and the struggle for leadership after President Daniel Arap Moi retires.

But the secretary general of KANU disagrees. Raila Odinga, himself a presidential candidate, told English to Africa reporter Richard Kotey from Nairobi that the party is stable, strong and vibrant and has been rejuvenated by new members. Mr. Odinga said KANU is prepared for the next general election.

He said contrary to reports being circulated in many circles, he did not oppose President Moi’s nomination of Uhuru Kenyatta as his successor. But Mr. Odinga said he thinks Mr. Moi should have gone about the selection democratically, by including the entire party, instead of acting entirely on his own.

He said it is his belief that the party members will choose whoever is ripe to represent them.