The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Minister Mbarire Now Quits the PNU Alliance

TOURISM assistant minister Cecily Mbarire has quit the PNU Alliance party. She said some officials are treating the party as personal property.

The Runyenjes MP said on Sunday at Kanja health centre where she officially opened a Sh2.7 million constituency funded maternity ward that there is no democracy in the party. "I have campaigned for the party but I cannot not stick to it the way I did. I will announce at a later date the party I will use to defend my seat," said Mbarire.

Mbarire said she realised the mess in the party during the last Saturday's grassroots elections when a politician who is aspiring for a senior county seat plotted to finish her politically by ensuring her supporters and allies were not elected.

"The politician had vowed that this is the time to politically finish Cecily Mbarire and thus he and his allies sat secretly at his residence and a hotel and picked the delegates they wanted and ensured my supporters were locked out," she said, amidst shouts of 'shetani ashindwe' (may the devil be defeated) from the crowd.

The legislator said in such circumstances she could not bear remaining in the party she has so much marketed and that she was looking for another better party. "The constitution is even clear that one can stand for an elective seat as an independent candidate. However am shopping for a suitable party and I'll come back to tell you where we shall go," said the assistant minister.

The assistant minister said, however, she is smarter than her detractors and that no attempts of undermining her will succeed arguing that she is a seasoned politician.

The legislator who his from the area she was speaking at called on the residents to protect her from many heinous plots that have been hatched by her opponents. "You bear with me that I have really done a lot for you and the constituency at large and that my opponents are envious of my achievements and thus wouldn't like me to forge ahead. Be careful and be with me always" she said.

She however said no matter what happens she will continue supporting Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta as he seek for the presidential office arguing that he had greatly supported the constituency's development projects.

She said, there was confusion over the crimes against Humanity charges he and other three suspects are facing at the international Criminal Court (ICC) and thus he needs moral support, and prayers and thus he should not be abandoned. The maternity ward will greatly be helpful to the local women who had to travel about fifty kilometers to Runyejes district hospital to give birth.

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