The Star (Nairobi)

20 December 2012

Kenya: Former Molo MP Eyes Nakuru Top Seat

Former Molo MP Njenga Mungai has declared his interest in Nakuru senator, some two months before the March 4 general election. Speaking at a press briefing in Nakuru town, Mungai said he will contest for the seat on an ODM ticket.

An ardent supporter of Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Mungai will face Naivasha MP Jayne Kihara, Reverend Zipporah Kimani, businessman Madaraka Mwithaga and communication specialist Sam Nairoshi.

Despite the late entrance, Mungai was confident about his bid saying he had focused his effort in establishing a grassroot network first before making public his candidature.

"I am well known to the people of Nakuru having served as Molo MP for close to 20 years. I do not need much time to remind them who I am and what I can do for them," he said when asked about his late entry.

TMungai criticised the zoning of certain regions and positions rumoured to have been carried out by the Jubilee coalition in its power-sharing agreement.

"It is unfortunate that because of their new coalitions, some parties are being forced to go into primitive deals of zoning areas into tribal chiefdoms or for specific tribes. The people of Nakuru must come out strongly to resist this and let democracy prevail in this county," he said.

Mungai said if elected, his focus will be to address insecurity in Nakuru, with an emphasis on tribal clashes which have gone unabated for too long.

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