The Star (Nairobi)

30 January 2013

Kenya: TNA Officials Furious Over U.S.$ 719,000 Debt After Primaries

The National Alliance's (TNA) interim party officials in Murang'a, Kiambu and Nyeri have threatened to block party nominees from presenting their nominations papers to the IEBC unless a Sh60 million debt is paid.

Speaking at the party's Murang'a office yesterday, county chairman Simon Muchoki said TNA owes this amount to various service providers who were hired during party primaries.

"Presiding officers, returning officers, police officers, polling clerks and even transporters are on our throats demanding to paid. We are even forced to hide from them," he said.

Muchoki said an additional 3 million is needed to run party affairs in each constituency of the three counties. He said the total amount, Sh63million, was money that the party was meant to avail for the nomination process but it never did.

Muchoki said they had had to use their own money so as to run the office. He said they also, in good faith, went ahead to source for service providers so that the primaries could go on.

"We hereby declare that no TNA candidate in Murang'a will return nomination papers to the constituency IEBC offices before the party has cleared debts incurred during nominations," he said.

The members also accused county coordinator Isaac Ngugi and TNA nomination advisory board Murang'a head Stephen Mwaura of raising funds for the nomination process and not remitting them to the party.

"Though neither Ngugi nor Mwaura have told us how much they collected, we have learnt that they raised Sh4 million which they never used for the intended purpose," said Muchoki.

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