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TNA aspirants decry of party malpractice

17 January 2013, 11:29 Tony Karomo

Several aspirants allied to The National Alliance Party (TNA) in Meru County have expressed fears that the recent  nomination exercise may end in disarray following malpractice allegations in the party.  

The allegations came as major political parties in the region reveal that necessary measures have been taken to ensure fair and free nomination exercise.   

Speaking on Wednesday at the party office in Makutano, Mathew Adams Karauri a TNA senate candidate and women Representative aspirant Halima Mucheke accused two former members of parliament from the area of trying to interfere with the party’s nomination exercise.  

The former education assistant minister claimed that former MPs Mithika Linturi (Igembe South) and Silas Muriuki (Imenti North) are secretly colluding with the party’s top national officials to endorse particular candidates.

The claims have sparked fierce opposition from aspirants just a day before the party nominations are held.

“The two MPs are boasting that they have secured a direct senate seat nomination and certificate to Gideon Menye whose name was forwarded a day to the nominations. Many TNA supporters are furious about this and this may bring chaos tomorrow if the party leader Uhuru Kenyatta does not address the issue urgently," said Karauri.    

Various candidates also expressed fear that the exercise will be marred with irregularities due to the huge number of interested aspirants contesting for various elective seats on the TNA party ticket.    

Halima Mucheke alleged that the two MPs had also secretly called and informed her of the party's intention to hand another candidate, Florence Kajuju, a direct nomination.    

“Until Tuesday, I was the only candidate vying for the senatorial position on a TNA ticket. So I have a feeling that a dirty game is being played somewhere, and we are ready to hit back," added Karauri.

Karauri added that he does not fear to battle it out with any other candidate only if the party’s electoral board leadership will ensure credibility during the process and guarantee justice for each and every candidate vying for any seat.

“I urge the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and Registrar of Political Parties to closely monitor how the parties conduct their nominations because we don’t want chaos but peace," added Halima.    

Meru County TNA Executive Officer Joshua Baariu disputed the allegations by the two MPs saying the party had not issued any certificate to any particular candidate.

He added The National Alliance has recruited returning officers who are supposed to oversee the exercise in the over 180 polling stations in the county.

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