Former Cabinet minister and Presidential advisor on regional integration Mr. Joseph Nyaga surprised many over the weekend by securing an independent presidential candidate certificate.
Former powerful Uhuru advisor makes shocking political move
The veteran politician has left many wondering about his game plan
The veteran politician resigned as the President’s advisor on Wednesday morning where he afterwards obtained clearances from the Registrar of Political Parties the same day.
He later on received presidential candidate certificates from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
Mr. Nyaga said that this move was prompted by some things that had gone wrong in the primaries and was acting on behalf of those who think the high number of disputes and independent candidates was an indication of something flawed in the process.
“I am an experienced politician and I have never seen anything like the high numbers of disputes and independent candidates. Independent candidates have their place, but when they are so many….Both Jubilee and Nasa have missed something.”
He also added that the move has nothing to do with his former boss, President Kenyatta, and that he is ready to face all manner of criticism.
“I am sure that like Mr Koigi Wamwere (who defected to Nasa), I will be initially misunderstood, and I am prepared for that. But in the end people, especially my people from Mt Kenya region, will understand and appreciate what I am doing. It is important to take care of all possible scenarios. I will issue a comprehensive statement next week.”
His latest political move has left many wondering about his game plan given the latest developments of discontented aspirants from the Mt.Kenya region after the just concluded Jubilee primaries.
Other key leaders with roots in the Mt Kenya region who have hinted at running as independents are Peter Kenneth (Nairobi) and Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua.
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