Political life in Kenya is now returning to normal with President Daniel Arap Moli's announcement of his new Cabinet which included one surprise, that of Finance Minister Mr Mwai Kibaki as Vice President.
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CU President Daniel Arap Moi speaking in English, announcing his Cabinet
CU President Moi speaking
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SV INT Opposition political leader, Oginga Odinga, speaking to press
PRESIDENT MOI: "Today, therefore, I only wish to announce those changes that are necessary to complete the adjustments I have mentioned earlier; and also those that are needed for the smooth running of the government. Vice President and Minister for Finance, Honourable Mwai Kibaki."
ODINGA: "I have invited you here today to inform you of my intentions to run for the National Chairman of our dear party, KANU, in the forthcoming elections of National officials. I should also like to stress that this coming party election should not be based on tribal groupings, regional or administrative boundaries. Our efforts to keep KANU united would be meaningless if we were to base our decisions on ethnic considerations. Individual candidates should be guided by their qualities and abilities to perform their duties to the party."
Mr Odinga, a member of the Luo tribe, is opposing another prominent member of the Luo tribe, Information Minister Omolo Okero, who has attracted considerable support in the last few years, as well as tow other ministers and three party members. Mr Odinga is now firmly back in KANU, but his election is no foregone conclusion. The elections will be the first contest for the party's executive post for twelve years.
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Background: Political life in Kenya is now returning to normal with President Daniel Arap Moli's announcement of his new Cabinet which included one surprise, that of Finance Minister Mr Mwai Kibaki as Vice President. Meanwhile, in accordance with President Moli's declaration that Kenya will be run on fully-democratic lines, former politicians have lost no time in coming forward. Foremost among them is former Kenyan Vice President Oginga Odinga who has announced that he will stand as a candidate for the post of National Chairman of the ruling Kenyan African Union (KANU) Party in the elections on 28 October. Mr Odinga has been struggling to regain a prominent role in Kenyan politics since relations between him the late President Jomo Kenyatta disintegrated in 1966. President Moi has said that he intends to continue the policies of the late President Kenyatta whom he replaces.
SYNOPSIS: The President intends no major changes until after the next general election.
Mr Kibaki is regarded as one of the new technocratic Kenyan leaders with a national appeal beyond his Kikuyu constituency. Mr Moi also abolished the position of Minister of State in the President's Office, previously held by President's Kenyatta's closest friend and brother-in-law, Mr Mbiyu Koinange.
Meanwhile, at a news conference on Tuesday (10 October) in Nairobi, Mr Oringa Odinga made his announcement.