Karua turns down ODM invite to attend meeting

Narc Kenya Presidential aspirant Martha Karua yesterday turned down an invitation by Prime Minister Raila Odinga to attend the ODM National Delegates Conference saying she did not believe “in preelection coalitions”.

In an open letter sent to newsrooms to respond to the PM’s invitation, Ms Karua said the invitation letter had implied that Narc Kenya had already agreed to join the Coalition for Reform and Democracy (Cord), in which ODM is a founding member.

“For the avoidance of doubt, neither me nor the party I lead (Narc Kenya) are members of the said coalition. We do not believe in pre-election coalitions and as such are not seeking to become members. We therefore with respect decline your invitation,” she wrote.

Mr Odinga who is also the ODM leader and the one seeking endorsement by the party’s NDC for presidency had on Wednesday written to Ms Karua, inviting her to attend the event at the Kasarani sports Complex in Nairobi.

“It is my pleasure to invite you and other representatives of Narc Kenya to attend the National Delegates Convention of ODM scheduled to be held in Nairobi on Friday December 7, 2012,” the letter stated.

“Your presence at the event will contribute greatly in strengthening the partnership amongst the members of
the Coalition for Reform and Democracy.”

The Coalition for Reform and Democracy was founded on Tuesday this week when ODM, Wiper and Ford Kenya signed a pre-election pact. 

Other pacts formed include that between TNA and UDF and Kenya National Congress and Party of Action.

-- Nation

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