The Star (Nairobi)

26 November 2012

Kenya: URP's Fundraiser in Nandi Stirs Up Storm

A URP county fund raising meeting in Kapsabet was yesterday thrown into disarray after aspirants sharply differed with party officials over how the funds will used.

Tempers flared at the meeting attended by over 100 URP aspirants, when they discovered that the function which had been thought to be a long day training for those eyeing various elective seats turned out to be a funds drive meeting.

Trouble started when the party executive officer David Kemboi asked all aspirants to register for the training by pay Sh20,000 each for those eyeing senator and governor.

Those eyeing parliamentary seats and women county MPs were asked to pay Sh15,000. County representative were sled to pay Sh3,000.

Nandi governor aspirants led by the immediate former Kenya ambassador to Australia Stephen Tarus and a former senior civil servant Alexander Keter questioned the motive of the officials.

They two charged that while they were not opposed to aspirants being asked to raise funds for the party, the credibility and integrity of the Nandi county URP officials was questionable.

Tarus dismissed officials chairman Sammy Choge, secretary general Benjamin Kutto and executive officer David Kemboi and accused them of being partisan. He said the officials could easily cause serious divisions in the URP.

Choge defended himself against any impropriety and said the money was for office rent and paying workers. "Our chairman Sammy Choge is eyeing Aldai parliamentary seat held by minister Sally Kosgei, his credibility is now questionable and cannot be trusted," said Tarus.

He said the officials cannot be trusted with money and budgetary issues. Amid shouts of "toboa, toboa" (reveal the truth), Tarus said the days of fleecing wananchi was over and that funds raised from the people must be accounted for.

He asked the officials to resign. Tarus said they could not be trusted with the January 7 nominations. However he paid the Sh20,000 and stormed out of the meeting. His supporters followed him outside.

Another aspirants for governor Benjamin Bett called for sobriety and faulted the officials at the way they were handling party affairs in nandi.

"URP is our party we have treat one onother with respect, you cannot work without a budget to manage public funds," said Bett.

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