Presidential aspirant Philip Murgor today declared that he will go it alone in the forthcoming General election and has no intentions of forming an alliance with Jubilee or any other party at this point in time.
The United Democratic Movement (UDM) Party leader said that although he is in the opposition, he is keen on running with his political outfit and will only consider opening up to the larger opposition only if they put their house in order, establish ideologies that they can both relate with and subsequently forge a united front.
“I have friends in the opposition but for now they need to sort out their house, we will work with those whom we think alike but as of now, we are not involved in any consultations,” said Murgor, who spoke after meeting UDM aspirants at the party headquarters in Nairobi.
“The opposition needs to sort out its affairs and they have neither invited us nor have we invited ourselves but when they finalize their issues and if we think to reach out to them we will make that decision when the right time comes,” he added.
Murgor, a veteran lawyer who also served as the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the retired President Mwai Kibaki’s regime, castigated the run away corruption and tribalism that has hit the country.
He said the current Government is under the control of corrupt cartels, which he described as more powerful than the time he served as the DPP.
Murgor, who firmly defended his tenure, said he has never frustrated efforts to fight corruption was charged for the wrong reasons saying he is keen on to end it.
“I was DPP in the Kibaki regime and my work was to bring people to book and corruption was dealt with at that time but it got to some point and cartels led to my sacking because of my good work and have now decided to go for a position where only Kenyans can put me or remove me, the Presidency,” said Murgor to an applaud from his supporters.
“Having been in the fight against corruption, as DPP, my record is clear and speaks for itself. My commitment to you is that if elected President, the UDM Government will deal with corruption decisively and perpetrators promptly and without regard for their status.”
Asked why he could not start with any other elective office other than the Presidency, Murgor responded that his interest at the moment is being at the helm of the Executive, which put him in a better position to weed out graft and corrupt individuals owing to the powers the Constitution vests in that office.
Murgor, who the party members have described as today’s ‘Joshua’ said he has a wonderful opportunity to run for Presidency and described himself as the best bet Kenya has right now.
“When I say something I mean it…If I say I will end tribalism I mean it, if I say I will end corruption, I mean it…I have been asked to be an MP but change can only be from one office because of the nature of the constitution,” Murgor stated.
He urged Kenyans to register as voters and even though it is everyone’s democratic and constitutional right, the arising question should be why citizens have refused to register and why many registered voters have decided that they will not wake up to vote on election day.
“Millions of eligible voters have lost hope in the electoral system as a means of bringing positive change, they have become cynical, disenfranchised and despondent…it is only in recent times that Kenyans have come to realize the critical damage done to the leadership and the economy through tribalism and corruption,” said Murgor.