November 22nd 2017

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Munya makes U-turn, ditching Raila and throwing weight behind Uhuru

Mr Munya today said ‘in the very best interest of the country we support the re-election of His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta in the forthcoming presidential elections scheduled for the 17th October 2017’.

By Phillip MuleeTuesday, 12 Sep 2017 12:47 EAT

President Uhuru Kenyatta today met former Meru governor Peter Munya who ate humble pie and ditched Raila Odinga’s NASA for Jubilee Party, less than two weeks after saying he wants to be on "the right side of history".

Mr Munya today said, ‘In the very best interest of the country we support the re-election of His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta in the forthcoming presidential elections scheduled for the 17 October 2017".

Just a few hours after Munya released a statement announcing his latest decision, President Kenyatta posted on his Facebook page a picture meeting with Jubilee-affiliate PNU chairman Peter Munya and other officials at State House.

The President said, the former Meru Governor pledged that he and PNU will give him their support in the Oct 17 repeat elections, after consultations with party loyalists.

And in the statement, he signed Munya who is fighting Party of National Unity (PNU) leadership after a gazette notice nullified his earlier takeover as Party Leader and confirmed retired President Mwai Kibaki as the party leader, urged members and supporters across the country to campaign and vote for President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Other than Munya, the statement released earlier today was also signed by John Anunda Okemwa (Secretary General), and National Treasurer Peter Kaberia Nkubitu.

Munya on September 4, joined the National Super Alliance (Nasa), promising to ensure that he regains the seat he lost to Governor Kiraitu Murungi of Jubilee in the August 8 elections. However, he became a man under siege after Ameru Njuri Ncheke Council of Elders threatened to declare him a social outcast should he not change his stand. They said that Munya had broken the community's resolve to back President Uhuru Kenyatta.

And the statement was telling “After thorough consultations with our party members, elders and supporters across the country, it has been agreed that in the very best interest of the country we support the reelection of His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta in the forthcoming presidential elections scheduled for the 17th October 2017”.

He was received in NASA on 4th September, 2017, by Nasa leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula at Capitol Hill, Nasa’s secretariat and was elevated to the sixth NASA principal. “I confirm that today I have joined the Nasa family. My election was stolen and I cannot join those who stole my election,” Mr Munya said.

Munya now joins former Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto who left NASA last week where he served as the fifth principal.

The former Council of Governors (CoG) chairperson despite returning back to Jubilee has moved to court to contest the election of his rival Kiraitu Murungi as Meru governor on a Jubilee Party ticket.

According to IEBC website, Jubilee’s Kiraitu Murungi garnered 281,737 while Munya came second with 232,569 votes.

In August 16, Registrar of Political Parties Lucy Ndun’gu gazetted former President Mwai Kibaki as the leader of PNU, legally ending Munya’s claim to the party leadership.

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