The National Alliance ( TNA) MPs and MCAs from Kiambu and beyond who have declined to support the party’s candidate in the fourth coming Gatundu South by-election have been warned that disciplinary action will be taken against them.
TNA Secretary General Onyango Oloo said the party will not just sit and watch as MPs and MCAs, who were elected on the party ticket, abandon the party candidate at the eleventh hour. Speaking after holding a closed door meeting with the Gatundu South MCAs at a Gatundu Hotel, Oloo said the party has resolved to take disciplinary action against TNA lawmakers and MCAs who refuse to support Moses Kuria. “As a party, we have to ensure the law is followed to the letter. We will not hesitate to crack the whip by taking disciplinary action against those elected leaders who will not support the party and its flag bearer,” Oloo said.
The party is currently in a dilemma after Kiambu MPs, and to an extent those from central Kenya, openly refused to endorse Moses Kuria for the seat in the mini-poll slated for next week. The MPs led by Lari lawmaker Mburu Kahangara, Njoroge Baiya (Githunguri), Kigo Njenga (Gatundu North), Humphrey Njuguna (Gatanga), Njogu Barua (Gichugu) among others, while speaking recently at Karinga Girls during a funds drive presided over by Deputy President William Ruto, declined to endorse the candidature of Moses Kuria.
The MPs instead said the people of Gatundu South should be given a chance to decide who they want as their next MP without undue influence from the political class. Speaking to The Standard following Oloo’s statement, Kahangara said though he is still loyal and clearly understands his obligation towards the party, he will not support a candidate who he alleges does not reflect the people’s will.
Kahangara faulted Oloo for being part of the team that supervised the party primaries that he claimed were shoddy and marred by massive irregularities. “Though I am a TNA MP, I am in no way obligated to support a candidate who I feel did not fairly get the party ticket. We know there were massive irregularities that denied the voice of the people to prevail. It is unfortunate that this happened while party officials, who are now threatening us, watched,” Kahangara said.
By The STANDARD