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Friday, 17 Feb 2017 16:25 EAT
Tharaka Nithi Governor Samuel Ragwa has ditched President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party and joined 2013 presidential candidate Martha Karua’s Narc-Kenya. Ms Karua received Mr Ragwa, his deputy and 12 members of the county assembly at Narc-Kenya headquarters, Nairobi, this afternoon.
It was an unexpected defection for Mr Ragwa as he had been widely tipped to join the Party of National Unity led by Meru Governor Peter Munya. “We will defend our seats through Narc-Kenya because there is no transparency in Jubilee," Mr Ragwa said during a press conference with Ms Karua.
The governor said that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s party was not genuine and was meant to advance the interests of the president and his close friends. “This is a party of few people and I cannot waste any more time in a place where I can’t see light ahead,” said Mr Ragwa.
Narc-Kenya leader Martha Karua welcomed the 14 defectors, saying the party was supporting President Kenyatta's re-election but would field its own candidates for other elective seats including for governors and senators. Ms Karua herself is running for Kirinyaga gubernatorial seat on her party’s ticket.
The defection marked a dramatic ending for a long battle between Mr Ragwa and Chuka MP Muthomi Njuki, a strong ally of President Kenyatta’s who had been tipped for months to get the Jubilee Party’s nomination.
The Munya-led PNU and Maendeleo Chap Chap associated with Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua have received top-level defectors from Jubilee Party in recent weeks, a gravy train Narc-Kenya seem poised to join if the Tharaka leaders' defection is anything to go by.