Kenya: Kiunjuri Party Readies for By-Elections as It Vows to Fight for DP Ruto

21 September 2020

The Service Party (TSP), a political outfit associated with former Agriculture minister Mwangi Kiunjuri, Monday said it will field candidates in the upcoming by-elections recently announced by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

TSP insisted it will teach Jubilee Party a lesson in the 2022 General Election for sidelining Deputy President William Ruto.

The party, at the same time, took a swipe at both Jubilee Party and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), saying they have failed to offer the needed leadership in the country.

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati on September 18 announced December 15 as the date for various by-elections.

TSP said that, for now, it has special political interests in Mount Kenya region and will be fielding candidates in the upcoming by-elections in Kahawa Wendani in Kiambu, Lakeview Ward in Nakuru, and Gituri in Murang'a.

"TSP is a national party with a special interest and consideration for Mt Kenya region. We will be fielding candidates in the upcoming by-elections with a special interest in Kahawa Wendani in Kiambu, Lakeview Ward in Nakuru, and Gituri in Murang'a," said Mr Karungo wa Thang'wa, who is the National Organising Secretary of The Service Party of Kenya.

Kahawa Wendani

Mr Thang'wa said that for now, 20 aspirants have declared their interest to vie for the Kahawa Wendani seat under the TSP party. The seat fell vacant this year after area Ward Rep Cyrus Omondi died while on an official trip in India.

"TSP is the party of choice at Kahawa Wendani in Kiambu with over 20 aspirants having approached us for the party ticket. As a party, we are developing the modalities and procedures that will guide us in selecting the preferred candidate," Mr Thang'wa said.

He said the party is ready to take on both Jubilee Party and Orange Democratic Movement "because both have failed Kenyans and do not have Kenyans' interests at heart".

"It won't be a walk in the park for Jubilee. The people are not happy with both ODM and Jubilee Party and they are ready to make a strong statement in these by-elections by voting for a TSP candidate," he added

The party said a majority of Kenyans are unhappy with the way Jubilee Party has been treating leaders as well as the economic hardships occasioned by some not-so-people-friendly policies put in place by the Jubilee Party.

He said that, for instance, in Kiambu County, Ward Reps have not carried out their mandate as many have been accused of engaging in corruption as well as doing business with the county government of Kiambu.

TSP said most Jubilee Party members and voters are not happy with the way the Jubilee Party is treating Deputy President William Ruto.

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