The new Democrats Party of former President Mwai’s son, Jimmy Kibaki will be part of a new alliance set to back ODM leader Raila Odinga for the top seat in 2022. The new outfit was unveiled last Friday at the Serena Hotel, in an event also attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s cousin Simon Gathecha. Jimmy is the new outfit’s deputy leader.
According to the party’s chair, Thuo Mathenge, who spoke to a local publication over the weekend, TND is in talks with key political players across the country and they intend to win as many seats as possible, especially in the Mt Kenya region.
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”We want to win as many seats as possible because we want to form a coalition government with other parties. This is because the government will be formed by a coalition of parties, not a single party. We are in talks with key political figures across the country to join our party ahead of the 2022 elections. TND will be the party to watch, especially within the Mt Kenya region,” he said.
Speaking last week to Nation, Jimmy Kibaki said if given a chance to pick between ODM leader Raila Odinga and DP William Ruto, the firstborn son of Kenya’s 4th president said his choice was apparent and that Ruto has nothing new to offer Kenyans.
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”Raila Odinga has made a huge contribution to this country but many people don’t see it. Most of the freedoms we enjoy today are due to him. We know it. He suffered for it. He was detained, tortured and imprisoned for them. How many times has he almost lost his life? But do I think he should be president? I know him personally, so I could say he deserves it,” Jimmy said.