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Friends in need: Munya joins Raila, vows to protect Meru votes in new poll

“Raila got more votes in Meru County than did Uhuru Kenyatta. Campaigning for Uhuru (President Kenyatta and Jubilee Party) was very hard for me in Meru. I lost three votes every time I mentioned Uhuru’s name during the campaigns," he said.

By Phillip MuleeMonday, 04 Sep 2017 15:53 EAT

Former Meru Governor Peter Munya (centre) with (L-R) Mudavadi, Musyoka, Raila and Wetangula after their meeting at Capitol Hill in Nairobi today.

NASA Presidential candidate Raila Odinga’s popularity ahead of the impending presidential re-run received a boost this morning after former Meru governor Peter Munya joined the opposition bandwagon.

Munya was received in NASA by the coalition's leaders Odinga, his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula and chairman of NASA presidential campaign secretariat Musalia Mudavadi. He said he would lobby for the opposition to get more votes in the Meru region than it got ruling the nullified August 8 polls.

The Party of National Union (PNU) leader in a brief address to media said he wanted to be on the right side of history, accusing Jubilee of rigging him out in Meru governor elections and thanked the Judiciary for "a sober and balanced ruling that has gone down as historic in Africa" after nullifying the presidential elections.

“Raila got more votes in Meru County than did Uhuru Kenyatta. Campaigning for Uhuru (President Kenyatta and Jubilee Party) was very hard for me in Meru. I lost three votes every time I mentioned Uhuru’s name during the campaigns. Raila will beat him again in Meru in a free and credible elections. My people want Raila and as their leader I’ll protect their wishes”, said Munya at Mr Odinga’s Capitol Hill offices, Nairobi.

Munya joins NASA’s Pentagon group becoming the sixth member after Odinga, Kalonzo, Wetangula, Mudavadi and Isaac Ruto.

The former Council of Governors chairman who is among those petitioning their defeat in court said his loss to Kiraitu Murungi of Jubilee was marred with irregularities and expressed confidence that his petition would be successful. He said that he decided to join NASA because he was also rigged out in favour of Kiraitu.

He said he cannot continue working with Jubilee because they do not value democracy. “My election was stolen when Raila’s was stolen. I cannot join those who stole my election. That is why I have decided to join NASA with my colleagues and my supporters in Meru,” Munya added.

Accompanying him during the brief ceremony included PNU’s Secretary General John Anunda Okemwa and treasurer Kaberia.

A statement from NASA presidential campaign secretariat said it Munya's joining the coalition signalled NASA's accommodative policies. The coalition said it would welcome in its ranks "men and women with vision for this country" who will ensure that Kenyans elect leaders with integrity on October 17 when the new election will be held.

“We are therefore very delighted today to welcome Governor Peter Munya into the NASA family together with all members of the Party of National unity which he has ably led for quite some time now.

“We have had the pleasure and experience of being partners with the PNU in the Grand Coalition Government of 2008-2013. Together we moved mountains and we seem set to move them again”, the NASA presidential campaign secretariat chairman Musalia Mudavadi said in a statement dispatched to newsrooms.

NASA’s vision, the statement said, is for a united, democratic and prosperous Kenya noting that the commitment to realise this vision will be betrayed the opposition doesn’t win the coming election.

“With the energy that governor Munya has, the faith that the people of Meru have shown in him because of his brilliant performance in the county and as Chair of the Council of Governors, we are sure that his team will greatly enrich our campaign.

“We therefore call on all Kenyans of good will to hit the trail that the Supreme Court has laid out and ride the wave to a better Kenya by joining hands with all forces that are genuinely against impunity and electoral fraud."

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