Party of National Unity leader Peter Munya has told the electorate in Mt. Kenya East region to ignore candidates who will be imposed on them by a popular party in the region.
Munya who was speaking in Embu after opening PNU offices today told aspirants of various seats not to expect free and fair party nominations from Jubilee Party (JP) and thus should choose PNU since it was gaining popularity in the region.
He said the electorate have a right to choose leaders of their choice rather than those fronted by party leaders adding that having many parties would strengthen democracy.
He was accompanied by former Transport Permanent Secretary Dr Cyrus Njiru who is aspiring to become the next Embu Governor and has since decamped from JP to PNU.
“Do not be cheated by aspirants insisting that the region should remain in a single party, these aspirants are assured of getting tickets during primaries. There is need to have many parties since they would provide democratic space to voters,” he said.
The Council of Governors chairman, however, said PNU had no grudge against JP but only competing for votes from the same electorate.
He declared that PNU will support President Kenyatta’s re-election bid.
Munya said PNU will field candidates in all the positions except the presidency.
“For all the other seats, Jubilee should expect fierce competition from us. We expect to win many seats. But for Presidency, we will support President Kenyatta,” he said.
Munya also told off his arch-rival Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi, telling him to retire from politics and allow young blood in leadership.
He said Kiraitu had nothing fresh to offer to Meru County after serving in various posts for close to 35 years.
Dr. Njiru on his part said he quit JP following the party’s confusion in election of interim officials last month and told the electorate to vote him in as the next Embu Governor.
He said he had managerial experience having worked in former President Mwai Kibaki’s government for years.