11 June 2012

Kenya: Scramble for TNA in Kirinyaga

THE scramble for TNA has intensified in Kirinyaga county with many politicians claiming to be the bona-fide officials of the party in the county. Aspiring MPs have opened separate offices with each claiming to be the TNA spokesperson in the county. In Mwea an aspiring parliamentary candidate Peter Ndambiri opened a TNA office at Ngurubani and declared that he will is Uhuru's point-man in the area.

Speaking to press after opening the office, Ndambiri said the party will start a recruitment drive in preparation for elections from the county level to the national level. He said they have appointed several youth in the area to be interim party officials whose responsibility is to carry out recruitment and popularise the party. He said he has been authorised by the party headquarters to open an office in the area. He termed anyone who will dare to open a TNA office in the area an opportunist. "I am the accredited person from the headquarters who has been given a go ahead to open a TNA office in Kirinyaga county. The others who will be doing it will be opportunists," Ndambiri said.

He said the party will carry out intensive campaigns in the area to ensure it remains dominant. But several leaders dismissed Ndambiri's move terming it as self defeating and told him to stop misleading the residents. Mwea MP Peter Gitau said he will soon open a TNA office in the area. The MP said some aspiring candidates want to hijack the party and impose themselves on the residents.

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