Gatundu South Member of Parliament (MP) Moses Kuria on Saturday, January 8 picked Murang’a Woman Representative Sabina Chege and her Kirinyaga counterpart Purity Ngirici as members of his Chama Cha Kazi (CCK) party in a surprising fashion.
The lawmaker also went for former Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau as a member of his party, which was formed back in July 2021 as his party of choice as the 2022 General Elections draw closer.
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He shared photos of his new party members via his Facebook page, and they all had the branded CCK logo and colours as well as their respective positions the politicians are vying for in the polls.
His move took many Kenyans by surprise, them questioning whether or not they had joined the party with its headquarters at Kileleshwa, Nairobi. It recently opened branches in various parts of the country including Nyeri, Kakamega, Bungoma, Murang’a among others in an attempt to flex its muscles before the big polls.
The newly formed political vehicle’s slogan Kazi na Pesa may have drawn inspiration from United Democratic Alliance (UDA)’s “Kazi ni Kazi”. Kuria had expressed interest in joining his allies at UDA but opted to settle for Chama Cha Kazi instead.
With regards to UDA, Ngirici announced in December that she had dumped the party associated with Deputy President William Ruto, having chosen the party after she left the ruling Jubilee party in which she was elected to her current Kirinyaga representative post.
On Wednesday, December 29, she accused the UDA officials of mistreating her despite being one of the alliance’s key assets. A day later, while addressing supporters in Mwea Sub County, Ngirici revealed that she let go of the party after the summons at its headquarters saw her being given an ultimatum to abandon her wishes for the Kirinyaga Governor seat in favour of current Governor Anne Waiguru.
“I was summoned in Nairobi and told to go run as MP in Mwea Constituency and leave the seat for her, but I have said no,” she addressed.
She declared that she was going to contest Waiguru for the gubernatorial seat as an independent candidate.
On her part, Murang’a Woman Representative Sabina Chege on Thursday, January 6 gave the Jubilee party an ultimatum of 30 days to relaunch itself or she will ditch the party.
Expressing her tiredness of waiting for the party to rebrand, she added that many politicians, including herself, had delayed printing posters ahead of the campaigns as the party had taken too long to rebrand itself.
“Jubilee should give us direction. They should relaunch so we can start campaigning. We cannot even print posters because the party is constraining us,” she urged.
Chege added that they were running out of time and with long delays in rebranding, the more likely they would seek other options.
“If they continue wasting time then we will be forced to seek alternatives because we are running out of time. We want to have a proper direction when it reaches February,” she demanded.
Former Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau announced that he would seek the Murang’a gubernatorial seat again, having vied for it in 2017 to lose to Governor Mwangi wa Iria. Following his defeat, he stepped out of the political limelight to focus on his business.