Transport minister Amos Kimunya has blamed his cabinet colleague Kiraitu Murungi for the tribulations that have rocked his nominations.
Kimunya described the move by Kiraitu's APK to Samuel Gichigi, his competitor in the TNA nominations, as a "total disrespect". Gichigi had challenged Kimunya in the party's tribunal and the High Court.
Speaking after he was cleared by the IEBC at Miharati trading centre, Kimunya insisted that he won in the controversial TNA nominations.
The minister said it is unwise for Kiraitu's party to claim that State House are forcing the IEBC and the courts to clear him for the seat.
"I have been an articulate defender of President Kibaki and will support him until his term expires. I will also support Uhuru's presidency for 10 years," he said. He criticised Kiraitu for not joining TNA saying he is not a sincere leader.
"He is not even a friend who I can call on this issue. Let him know that the people of Kipiriri have the right to elect the best leader they want," Kimunya said. He said it is cowardly of Kiraitu to give tickets to nomination losers.
"Kiraitu has been trying to sell his bus in Meru. The bus does not have a driver or passengers other than those he is picking as they alight from other parties," he said.
On Thursday, Gichigi was cleared by the IEBC to vie for the Kipipiri seat on an APK ticket. A case filed in the High Court to bar Kimunya's nomination by TNA was dismissed on the same day.
"We have gone through all processes and I have emerged the winner. This is a clear indication that TNA is a democratic party," Kimunya said.