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Tuesday, 17 Jan 2017 13:36 EAT
Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua’s Maendeleo Chap Chap (MCC) Party will field candidates in all elective seats in the country except the presidency. Dr Mutua, who has hinted that he would contest the presidency in 2022, says his party would support the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta during the August 8 elections.
The governor has been moving around the country popularising his party for potential aspirants. He has so far held meetings in Kisii and Nyeri counties to meet grassroots leaders in the two regions. He has taken the same line with Meru Governor and Party of National Unity (PNU) leader Peter Munya who is also supporting re-election of President Kenyatta and would be contesting presidency in 2022. The two appear to complicate Deputy President William Ruto’s ambitions to succeed President Kenyatta should he be re-elected to serve his second and last term in office.
Jubilee is using Dr Mutua’s party to try and neutralize the popularity of former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper Democratic Movement in the three Ukambani counties of Machakos, Kitui and Makueni, but its impact is yet to be seen. MCC has invited all aspirants seeking the party’s ticket. The party will charge MCA candidates Sh20,000 for nomination papers. Parliamentary aspirants will pay Sh150,000, Women Representatives Sh100,000, Senators Sh150,000 and governors Sh250,000.
“The Party invites aspirants from all over the country, 1,450 wards, 290 constituencies and 47 counties to apply to vie on the party’s ticket during the forthcoming August 2017 general elections,” said a brief statement inviting the candidates. The party will offer its candidates with campaign materials such as posters, T-shirts, Caps, among others, modern winning campaign strategies, and payment of agents.
MCC has assured deserving youth, persons with disability, women and minorities to be given a special reduced rate as regards to nomination fees.