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Friday, 17 Feb 2017 12:05 EAT
Meru Governor Peter Munya’s re-election bid on the Party of National Unity (PNU) ticket could be scuttled if the High Court rules in favour of disgruntled PNU officials who accuse the governor of using fake delegates who endorsed him to the position of PNU party leader. The party's chairman John Kamama and other officials fighting the take-over of the party by Mr Munya have set their eyes on the ruling coming up on March 6.
Speaking to the Kenya Free Press this morning, PNU Organizing Secretary Alfonse Musyoki termed Governor Munya as an ‘imposter’ in the party and said that if their players were obeyed by the court, then PNU would be returned to its owners. “Governor Munya picked and transported people from Meru as well as hiring others in Nairobi to purport to be PNU delegates who participated in an illegal Party Delegate’s Conference”, said Mr Musyoki, who is also a former Machakos Town MP.
The official said he is empowered by the party constitution to convene the National Delegates Conference and therefore the one which Mr Munya convened was illegitimate. He said the party's 'genuine officials' had submitted the list of genuine party delegates in court and expressed optimism that it will rule in their favour and remove the governor from its leadership.
“We have given out signed affidavit in court to challenge Munya’s takeover of our party. Unless the court is compromised by the big monies from the governor, then the party will be returned to its owners”, he said.
The former legislator at the same time accused Mr Munya of being dishonest to the people of Meru who joined Jubilee Party after Alliance Party of Kenya (APK) dissolved. “If Munya was a genuine and honest politician should have resigned after going against APK plan to dissolve and sought the gubernatorial re-election in a by-election through PNU.
"CORD leader Raila Odinga, when he left Ford-Kenya to form NDP in 1997, resigned as MP and was re-elected as Kibera MP through a by-election. Mr Munya should have done the same”, said Musyoki.
Despite the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal ruling against the party’s dissolution to join Jubilee Party, Mr Kamama recently threw spanner into the works when he said PNU will not sponsor candidates in the August 8. In a caution that’s going to raise political heat, especially in Mt Kenya East, Mr Kamama warned those already declaring their candidature “not to be duped by Munya" that they will get tickets for the next poll.
“I am still the chairman of PNU and retired President Kibaki the party leader after Political Parties Disputes Tribunal quashed the purported merger decision in October,” he said. He urged aspirants and other politicians to fish for other political parties saying PNU was part of Jubilee Party.
“We are behind President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto in their re-election bid in 2017 under Jubilee Party, Munya should stop conning people masquerading as a party leader,” he said warning Munya not to try “grabbing the party” through courts.