TNA party officials in Luo Nyanza have been urged to work in harmony with the all leaders of the party as revelations emerged of an extortion cartel in a number of county offices.
After President Uhuru’s recent visit of the lakeside town of Kisumu, a number of youths have indicated they will support the re-election bid of the president and mobilize support for him.
The entry of Â these ‘new supporters’ has however not gone down well with old supporters who now accuse the newcomers of arriving at harvesting time.
“We build this party and supported our party leader (Uhuru) when most of these people were busy shouting in CORD. Now when they realize President Uhuru is here to stay and will win re-election in 2017, they are now arriving here with conditions,” said a TNA county official who requested anonymity.
According to this county official, most of those who have benefited from TNA are ODM moles. He accuses TNA chairman Onyango Oloo and nominated senator Joy Gwendo.
But Benard Otieno, a youth in Kisumu who claims to be among the first people to support President Uhuru says the problem facing a number of TNA county offices is greed.
He claims most officials exhort money from top national leaders and those who are unable to give are branded ODM/CORD sympathisers.
“These county officials are the worst. Recently they chased Senator Joy Gwendo simply because she couldn’t give them money. When they called the media, they claimed Â (senator) Joy is an ODM mole in our party. Where has Joy supported ODM or CORD?”
He revealed Gwendo’s problems with the county office started when she hosted Agriculture CS Felix Koskey (now suspended) during a Markets Day event which was attended by top Kisumu County officials. Most Kisumu County officials were elected on ODM ticket.
Otieno now wants the TNA/JAP top office to hold grassroots elections and replace most county officials he accuses of causing disharmony in the party.
“President Uhuru is gaining popularity here. He has promised to visit in six months time, however, our local politics will create tension as happened in Migori last year. Let elections of grassroots party officials be held so we can begin mobilization,” adds Otieno.
Contacted, Senator Senator Joy Gwendo was tight-lipped on what happened during the incident she was allegedly chased from a press conference by TNA county officials, only saying the problems TNA/JAP is facing are common in parties gaining new members.
“Our people (Kisumu residents) know President Uhuru will win re-election so many are positioning themselves. The is no fight between old and new members. The friction is normal. I am in Jubilee to stay,” said the senator.
President Uhuru received a rousing welcome in Nyalenda area of Kisumu and promised to visit in six months to inspect a number of projects in the area. First lady Margaret Kenyatta has also donated a mobile clinic to Kisumu County in her Beyond Zero campaign.