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Meru MP county urge colleagues to join TNA

08 October 2012, 12:03 Tony Karomo

Igembe South MP and Tigania West MP  have asked urged three of their colleagues to join The National Alliance (TNA) party.
The two leaders Mithika Linturi and Kiremi Mwiria said it would be of great benefit if all MPs from the region would unite under a single party for the betterment of the Meru community.

Speaking during a TNA Meru County aspirants forum in Meru, they said Energy minister Kiraitu Murungi, Tigania East MP Peter Munya and Imenti North MP Silas Muriuki who are members of the Alliance Party of Kenya (APK) should join the party as it would win the next elections.

“We appreciate the fact that APK has decided to support Mr Uhuru Kenyatta for the presidency but to forge a greater unified community, the three leaders need to join TNA,”Mr Linturi said at the meeting that was held at the Gitoro Conference Center.

He said if the MPs joined the party, then Mr Kenyatta's chances of winning the presidency would be high.
“They should consider their decision and join TNA so as to have some serious strength to ensure Mr Kenyatta wins the presidency. This way we are also going to champion the interests of the Meru people as leaders under one umbrella party, said Mr Linturi.

Dr Mwiria said that the party was not owned by individuals and that they were determined to make TNA the most democratic.
“We appreciate the fact that there are two strong parties in the Meru region. As a community we have agreed that we will support one presidential candidate but there is a need for all of us to join and be united in one single party. But if they insist to remain in APK then it is within their democratic rights to do so,”said Dr Mwiria.

He urged the aspirants to not to only fight it out for the party’s ticket but to support TNA to the end. TNA Secretary General Onyango Oloo assured the aspirants that the party's nominations would be 'free, fair and transparent.

“This is a new party that has no owners. Every aspiring candidate is welcome and contest on a TNA ticket and they can be rest assured that the process is going to be fair and democratic at all costs,”he said.

He said the party would consider reducing nomination fee for aspirants who could not raise the proposed amount.
“ Candidates who have demonstrated that they have the leadership skills and passed the integrity test but are unable to raise the nomination fees will have it waived for them,”Mr Oloo said.

TNA also received a major boost after several officials and councillors of other political parties decamped to the party.

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