Governor Gachagua's supporters defect to URP
06 November 2014, 14:40
Nyeri - Nyeri Governor, Nderitu Gachagua has suffered a setback after a cross section of his party, Grand National Union (GNU), supporters defected to Deputy President William Ruto’s party, the United Republic Party (URP).
It is not clear why Gachagua’s supporters resorted to join URP and not President Uhuru Kenyatta’s party, The National Alliance (TNA) which has dominated the Central region.
URP Central Kenya interim chairman, Kihara Njau said the party has registered more than 1 000 members who are defecting from other parties including ODM, GNU among others.
“We have registered 1 000 new members in Nyeri County. Most of them have defected from GNU party,” said Kihara.
He stated that following the internal fights that have rocked TNA party in Nyeri County, the constituents want an alternative ‘peaceful political party’.
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Speaking during a press conference in Nyeri town, Kihara said URP Party is targeting to register more than 5 000 members in Mount Kenya region by end of this year.
He announced that recruitment drive has been launched in Laikipia, Nyandarua, Murang’a, Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Embu, Meru and Tharaka Nithi counties.
“URP has a duty and is really embarking on giving itself a national outlook and be represented in all parts of this county, so we are in line with that policy,” said Kihara.
He further said that the registration exercise is seeking to create political competition since some people miss leadership positions because of party monopoly.
“We also wish to present Mt. Kenya Region with an alternative when it comes to anybody who wishes to serve Kenyans in a political platform,” Kihara added.
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