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Gideon: My eyes set on State House

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By | October 14th 2009

By Daniel Nzia

Kanu vice-chairman Gideon Moi has hinted he will vie for president in 2012.

Gideon, who is seeking to challenge Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta for Kanu’s leadership when elections are held in January next year, says he is up to the task.

"My eyes are set on State House. I am not a coward and will fear nothing in that direction," said Gideon.

The former Baringo Central MP described his father, former President Moi, as andelephant’ saying he, too, was like him and was ready to fit in his shoes.

He was speaking at a Machakos hotel where he met Kanu delegates from the 17 Ukambani constituencies.

Gideon, who was accompanied by former Assistant Minister Joe Kimkum and the party’s Rift Valley co-ordinator Jonathan Bii, said he would campaign countrywide to regain Kanu’s glory.

"It is going to be an uphill task but with total commitment, it is possible," he said amid cheers from the delegates.

Members sidelined

Gideon said Kanu would mark its 50th anniversary next year and would use the event to strengthen the party.

He said the party was the only party with strong grassroots structures and he would ensure all branches were operational.

He ruled out alliance with other political parties ahead of the next General Election.

Gideon faulted the party’s affiliation with PNU saying it was of no benefit to its members.

He said Kanu members had been sidelined in Government appointments and asked Mr Uhuru to explain to members why he took the party to PNU yet they have nothing to show of.

"The party chairman has a duty to ensure party members are considered in all appointments in the public and private sectors," he said.

Kimkum said Kanu would only form alliances with other parties after the 2012 General Election.

The former Mt Elgon MP dismissed the much-touted Kikuyu, Kamba and Kalenjin alliance saying the only alliance Kanu has is with Kenyans not particular communities.

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