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Monday, 13 Feb 2017 15:11 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
Wrangles in the Party of National Unity (PNU) associated with Meru Governor Peter Munya escalated this morning when one faction led by party chairman John Kamama warned landlords against leasing property to the group led by Governor Munya. Mr Kamama insisted that Mr Munya, "who claims to be the party leader, is not even a member of the party".
Addressing the media in Nakuru Town early today, Mr Kamama said that Mr Munya and other officials from his wing are not members of PNU, saying that what the supposed PNU officials were doing was to impersonate the real party officials. Mr Kamama said that retired president Mwai Kibaki remains the PNU party leader, and called on PNU members to ignore Mr Munya.
He also said that the ongoing wrangles within PNU will be sorted out through arbitration following a directive issued by the Political Parties’ Tribunal. He, however, raised the stakes for the Munya-led team by sounding a warning to landlords against leasing office space to the Munya camp, which has been opening branch offices in the Mt Kenya region over the past two months.
Insisting that only he as the recognised party chairman and the secretary general have authority to sign any official party documents, he warned party members and aspirants against depositing money into bank accounts being operated by the Munya-led wing, an account which he said is under investigations by the Banking Fraud Investigation unit of the police. Mr Kamama said that the PNU National Executive Council is scheduled to meet next week and will give the direction the party will take as we approach the August national polls.
However, a Nairobi politician affiliated with the Munya wing told the Kenya Free Press that the Jubilee government was orchestrating divisions in the party with a view to having Mr Munya miss out on a re-election vehicle. "We have dealt with such legal obstacles before and will overcome this one too, but we are aware of desperation among some government supporters to wrestle the party from our leader," he said.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County