13 February 2013

Kenya: TNA Primaries Workers Demand Sh21 Million

Violence broke out yesterday in Murang'a when over 2,000 people who provided various services during TNA party nominations yesterday took to the streets demanding their dues.

The group clashed with police when they attempted to barricade roads in the town using rocks. Police were forced to lobe tear gas canisters to disperse the protestors. One person sustained serious wounds after he was bitten by a police dog during the confrontation.

The protestors were joined by TNA's interim officials who threatened to support the Cord Alliance presidential candidate Raila Odinga if TNA will not pay them their dues.

Speaking to the press, party chairman Simon Muchoki said TNA owed them arrears of more than Sh21 million which were meant to cater for the nomination process among other expenses but was never given out.

TNA's presiding officer of Maragua Ndung'u Gachane, said they decided to protest after being given numerous empty promises.

"The party had promised to pay us immediately after the nomination exercise but we have not received a cent. Uhuru should know that his officials are tarnishing his name and that of the party," he said.

The protestors also accused the party top officials of failing to attend, even after being invited, a meeting convened to discuss this issue. The presiding officers are demanding to be paid Sh20,000 for six days while polling clerks are asking for Sh7,000.

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