Sunday, 2 September 2012

Former Mungiki leader in Kenya supports candidates for Constituencies by-election

By Albert Nyakundi in Nairobi
Maina Njenga
The battle for the forthcoming September 17 mini polls in three constituencies in Kenya namely Kangema, Kajiado North and Ndhiwa constituencies hots up with only two weeks to the ballot characterized by change of political goal posts.

On Sunday, September 02 former Mungiki leader turned Preacher and politician Mr. Maina Njenga of the Mkenya Solidarity Movement declared his support for Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) candidate Peter Mositet for Kajiado Constituency.

“As a party we have resolved to back Mositet and withdraw our
candidature in his favor. Tomorrow (Monday), we will hold a prayer cum
political rally at Matasia to rally our support for him. We are
supporting personality and not because he is in Orange Democratic
Movement.” Njenga said.

He contradicted Mkenya’s candidate Oliver Seki who had earlier
announced he was ready to shelve his ambitions in support of Moses
Sakuda of The National Alliance Party.

Njenga was speaking at his Hope International Ministries along Thika Road where he hosted Kangema aspirant John Gathogo who is vying under Mkenya
Solidarity ticket and Saba Saba Asili candidate for Kangema, lawyer Muturi Kigano.

Kigano defected to Saba Saba after he was trounced at nomination level
, which he claimed, “were marred by irregularities.” Kigano asserted.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has already
cleared ten candidates for the Kajiado North by elections.

They include, Mositet (ODM), Sakuda (TNA) Solomon Kinyanjui (Wiper
Democratic Party), Salaon Kashorda (UDF), Livingstone Sane (Agano),
Paul Gichinga (KANU), Antony Simel Keen (PNU) and Peter Munene Munyu of
Kenya National Congress).

Kinyanjui defected to Wiper from PNU in the last minute after he was
denied nomination papers that saw Keen granted direct nomination.

Sources revealed that Njenga held a lengthy strategy meeting with
Mositet on Sunday morning where they resolved back his bid.

The Kajiado North parliamentary seat fell vacant following the demise
of former area MP and former Internal Security Minister Prof. George Saitoti
in a controversial copter crash in his Ngong home turf that also
killed his assistant Orwa Ojode from Ndhiwa constituency in June.
A vicious political battle is expected in Kajiado North where
presidential candidates’ particularly Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru
Kenyatta and Prime Minister Raila Odinga are expected to pitch tent in
support of their candidates to test their political might ahead of the
March next years’ general Elections.

ODM and TNA are expected to have a soft landing in the Ndhiwa and
Kangema elections being in their central Kenya and Nyanza strongholds.

However, Raila is facing the challenge of immense political rebellion
in his backyard after all ODM candidates who lost in nomination have
opted to support KANU candidate Tom Alila at the expense of ODM’s
Augustine Neto.

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