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Row rocks TNA in Laikipia

04 January 2013, 15:51 Kelvin Wanjohi

TNA party aspirants in Laikipia County are having difficult times in what seems like a misunderstanding in regard to party nomination date and procedures.

In a meeting held at a Nyahururu hotel, the aspiring candidates led by Joshua Irungu who is aspiring for the Laikipia Governor seat, and former Laikipia West MP GG Kariuki  have expressed dissatisfaction with the way TNA board in Nyahururu were elected saying that they do not even know the Party’s County coordinator.

Irungu, who personally had called all the aspiring candidates in the party, said that they were expecting a list of the nomination polling centres from Nairobi, although they could not immediately establish who had forwarded the names of the centres.

He also said that they were to confirm their acceptance or denial of the centres if they suspected foul play.

Members of the public present at the meeting said that they are confused because there seems to be division in the party with two TNA camps already in place and each camp forwarding names of their representatives during nominations to the TNA high office in Nairobi.

Most of the aspiring candidates were blamed for making their Personal Assistants chief campaigners and this, the public said, could cause dissatisfaction to some aspiring candidates.

With the nominations due any time soon, the aspirants said that they were worried on whether to use a joint nomination ticket (that of Jubillee coalition - URP & TNA) or go it alone as TNA.

They claimed that there is no effective communication from the TNA headquarters in Nairobi.

The former Internal security minister GG Kariuki said that the biggest concern was to see that the best person will be voted by people.

“Its a political game, which you all know that it's dirty. TNA is a movement and it's not going to end. We should not be driven by our own selfish motives and a person will be voted because people have faith in him or her,” said Kariuki.

Kariuki who is aspiring for the county’s senate seat hit on thosee who are printing cards bearing TNA colours and symbol, saying that they are just out to cheat people that they have already gone through and are ready for the ballot.

“ Let's have some strategy. The candidates are the owners of the elections although the public will decide. We must still complain as leaders so that each and every aspiring candidate is well represented in and out of TNA,” added Kariuki.

The leaders were to hold another TNA meeting on Friday in order to address these issues.

However, only those who have fully registered as TNA aspirants will be allowed in the meeting, in a bid to lock out imposters.

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