The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Rival Groups in Limuru Clash Over Uhuru Party

Supporters of two political aspirants clashed in Limuru town over the newly formed The National Alliance party signboard.

One of them is the former Limuru Kanu Secretary General Kamau Mugo aka Kapucci and Chege Kiragu who vied on Kanu ticket in the 2007 general elections but lost to the incumbent Member of Parliament Peter Mwathi.

The two groups cane at logger heads when one of them led artists from the Kim Sings who did the painting to electing the signboard at the front of the second floor of the Kimucu building in Limuru town.

Kiragu's supporters had removed the Kanu signboard and wanted to replace it with the TNA which according to Njagi, the painter has been painted at Kim's workplace of work for the past two days. "When we were electing the signboard, another group of about fifty men who are supports of Kamau came and demanded we remove the signboard and the Kiragu's party declined to do so. There ensued commotion and the Kamau's overpowered the Kiragu's," said Njagi.

He added, "they managed to remove the board and they carried to the district headquarters where it is lying but we are waiting for further directives from Kiragu and his men whether we shall go ahead and put it." The scuffle is feared to be the first to happen in wait of the unfolding episodes on how political spirants in Kiambu County the how of Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta is going to hundale those who are closing to him and willing to support his presidential bid through TNA.

The most feared constituency among the 12 (including the four newly created constituencies) in the County, Limuru is expected to be hit with the strongest political fight over who take the TNA ticket as Mwathi, Kiragu, Kamau and Jonathan Mara are strong supporters of the DPM. Three of them, Mara, Mwathi, and Kamau and are in their mid 30's and 40's while Kiragu and a banker Njoroge Thige who has showed interest in the MP seat are in their late 50s and early 60s a move which will see all fight to rally the youth behind them.

Speaking to the Star on phone, Kamau said that he was called by one of his supports and told that Kiragu's people were electing the signboard. "I immediately called the DC and asked my people to stop them from going ahead and they took the signboard to the district headquarters. We cannot be led by people who are imposing themselves as leaders of the party while TNA has not yet rolled out officials to head constituency offices," said Kamau.

Kamau, Mwathi and Mara enjoy the majority of the youth in Limuru. Kamau said, "people could be furious if they realize that this type of politics will start in our own constituency. The most hit are the young people who Uhuru is trying to give hope and thus we should be patience." Kiragu on his part said the men who amounted to about 40 were hired. He condemned the act saying that it was a bad picture that TNA take off problems starts in Limuru. He said that the group threatened his men and they would be recording statements soon.

Kiragu said, "does it mean we were rebranding, this has been a Kanu office all the years and I have been paying for the office for the seven years. We need not the administration to do the re branding. The office need to be rebranded because the people have shifted from Kanu to TNA. People have the freedom of association and we had to give them a chance. We have people who are going to record the statements." One of his supporters said, "this is politics and this happens regularly, Kamau is vying as well as Kiragu and we can say nothing much about it."

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