22 January 2013

Kenya: Youth Reject 'Manipulated' Kikuyu TNA Nominations

Business came to a standstill in Kikuyu town yesterday when members of the National Youth Congress demonstrated against last week's nominations results.

Led by the district NYC chairman James Kamau, the youth took to the streets singing slogans against Kimani Ichungwa who won the Kikuyu constituency TNA ticket.

They said Ichungwa manipulated the results in his favour to deny Owen Ndung'u the ticket. Ndung'u on Sunday launched a complain with TNA's election board where he produced video clips showing Ichungwa receiving ballot boxes and papers from the returning officer and ferrying them to different polling stations.

Kamau said they were denied a chance to vote in Friday's nominations. He said they will rally the youth in the district to vote against TNA and to instead support the Cord Alliance in the March 4 elections if the party does not resolve the matter through a repeat of the nominations.

"We love TNA so much and we support Uhuru Kenyatta for the presidency. But since the party seems to be playing games, we shall not vote for it and instead support the Cord Alliance," Kamau said.

The chair said fake ballot papers, which he claimed were black and white in colour instead of red, the dominant TNA colour, were used in the nominations.

He said the nomination was managed by Ichungwa's agents in most of the polling centers. Peter George. a loser in the Sigona county representative nominations, said the ward's residents did not vote because there were no ballot papers. George demanded for a repeat of the nominations in Kikuyu.

Copyright © 2013 The Star. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.