11 February 2013

Kenya: TNA Duped Us in Nakuru Power Deal - URP

Cracks have emerged between the URP and TNA in Nakuru County after URP claimed it was short changed by their coalition partner.

URP candidates led by the party's Nakuru County chairman Joshua Rotich claimed their accord clearly set aside the senatorial position for URP together with parliamentary seats in Kuresoi North and South, Rongai and Nakuru West.

"After a meeting at Oloika lodge in Nakuru we came up with the coalition's Nakuru Accord in which we agreed to field aspirants in Kuresoi North and South, Rongai, Nakuru West as well as take the seat for senator however TNA has candidates in all constituencies in the county," Rotich said.

TNA will field 62 candidates including parliamentary aspirants in all the 11 constituencies except Kuresoi North.URP will however have only 15 candidates seeking various seats across the county.

Furthermore feels offended by Nakuru governor TNA's candidate move to settle for Joseph Ruto instead of Raymond Komen who had been their choice for the running mate job.

"We want Ruto to come to Nakuru as soon as possible ,hold a meeting with all the candidates and members and address the issues raised after breach in the agreement with TNA.," they unanimously said.

On Friday, a section of the URP members from Nakuru Town West Constituency decried the intended move by the area TNA candidates to campaign for a six-piece TNA vote.

During a press briefing on Wednsday last week,the TNA candidates who had held a consultative meeting led by their governor candidate Kinuthia Mbugua at a Nakuru hotel,resolved to conduct a joint campaign to consolidate a six-piece voting bloc across the 11 constituencies.

Their campaigns will run from February 12 to 26.

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