By Dikembe Disembe
The National Alliance has moved its headquarters to a block adjacent to the party leader – also President – official residence, State House.
The Party of President Uhuru Kenyatta was until recently lacking a fixed physical address as its campaign headquarter along Jogoo Road wound down soon after it romp to power in 2013, beating Kenya’s largest political party ODM in the last elections by a combination of crookedness, outright theft and political propaganda. The latter is allowed.
When launching TNA in 2012 at a pompous occasion in KICC in 2012, President Uhuru chose the downtown old hardware building Promiso Plaza to house the new party. Of course, TNA wasnt really ‘new’ having been a briefcase party for over 10 years, but in 2012, a year to Kenya’s general election, it was repackaged and sold as new, complete with new and young faces like that of Johnson Sakaja, covering for the old owners, all too well known to this writer.
The party then secured an office building near Yaya Centre where low key political activities apparently went on with all power and glory at State House building where President Uhuru has increasingly conducted several ceremonial functions of the state and party.
The new office, directly infront of State House, is probably the closest a ruling political party headquarter has physically come close to the seat of Kenyan power. The move also points to the fact that President Uhuru probably intends to use TNA party as his reelection vehicle in 2017 unlike his predecessor President Mwai Kibaki who came to power through one party but left in a completely new outfit which is already dead as dodo, only two years out of power.
Kibaki’s Democratic Party (DP) headquarters remain a ghost building along Valley Road in Lavington suburb, a few blocks to the headquarters of the Law Society of Kenya.
ODM party headquarters remain at Orange House long Menelik Road, Hurlingham while UDF has its headquarters in Lavington on a bungalow house belonging to Othaya MP Mary Wambui. URP party headquarters is along Ngong road off Mucai drive.
This writer cannot help observe the fact that most of Kenya’s political parties (of the people) are housed in million shilling premises in exclusive and gated high end neighbourhoods far from their core support bases, many of whom live in one bedroom apartments or just bedsitters, in populated Eastlands or forgotten villages across this country.
What a contrast! Â LOL!