The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Nyandarua Candidates Pray At the Aberdares

TNA candidates in Nyandarua yesterday held peace prayers at the foot of the Aberdare ranges.

The interdenominational prayers held at Geta village in Kipipiri constituency was attended by governor candidate Daniel Waithaka Mwangi, senator aspirant Muriuki Karue and immediate former area MP Amos Kimunya.

The head of Evangelical Churches of Kenya Joseph Methu said Nyandarua people need God's guidance in politics. Transport minister Amos Kimunya said the reason for holding the prayers at the foot of the hills is "to get close to God as much as possible".

According to Kikuyu cultural beliefs, God used to stay in Mount Kenya during the day and at the Aberdares at night. Nyandarua means aberdares; a sleeping place.

"This is our last joint meeting as candidates of TNA in Nyandarua and we want God to see us through as we part ways to campaign separately for ourselves and jointly for Uhuru Kenyatta whom we want to take over from President Kibaki retires," Kimunya said.

He said voting for candidates outside TNA will ruin votes for Uhuru. He said Uhuru needs a good number of MPs and senators on his side if he wins the presidency.

Kimunya said this will make hard for him to be impeached. Mwangi said he will tap water from the Aberdare ranges for irrigation.

"We shall use this water for irrigation and domestic consumption. We shall also reclaim our lost glory in education and lead all the other counties as we used to do in 1990s," Waithaka said.

Waithaka urged Kipipiri residents to vote for Kimunya as the area MP, adding that electing new people will derail development. Kimunya is the only MP in Nyandarua county who won in the TNA primaries.

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