Uhuru's ally Mwiria ditches Jubilee for Maendeleo Chap Chap

Mwiria has expressed interest to run for the Meru gubernatorial seat. He lost narrowly to the incumbent in the 2013 polls.

 

Kilemi, who is eyeing the Meru County gubernatorial seat, joined the Maendeleo Chap Chap Party that is led by Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua on Thursday morning at the party’s headquarters in Nairobi.

Speaking after being received to the party, Mwiria expressed confidence in capturing the Meru governor’s seat in the August 8th polls.

“Today marks the start of a long journey as I have joined #MaendeleoChapChapParty to be my political vehicle. @MCC_Party @DrAlfredMutua,”  Mwiria wrote on his twitter.

“Maendeleo Chap Chap is a party committed to serve the people and am ready to unite the people of Meru from all corners,” he added.

The former assistant minister for higher education, who lost to Governor Peter Munya in the 2013 elections, has been vocal in questioning the Jubilee Party’s resolve to assure a free and fair nomination in Meru County.

On his party, speaking while receiving Mwiria in the party, Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader and Machakos governor Dr Alfred Mutua has expressed confidence in Mwiria’s bagging of the Meru seat in the polls.

"We have no doubts that Kilemi Mwiria will change the face of Meru and contribute to the development of our country. We support Uhuru Kenyatta and we call upon you to support us,” Mutua said.

Minor margin

During the 2013 general elections, Mwiria lost to Munya by a mere 3,436 after garnering 180,837 votes against Munya’s 184,273. The contest for the Meru gubernatorial seat is tightening up ahead of the August polls.

Mwiria will face it off with the incumbent Munya and the jostling Senator Kiraitu Murungi, who is also eyeing the Meru gubernatorial seat on a Jubilee Party ticket.

This comes in the midst of a massive exodus of key party officials from the Jubilee Party, even as the nomination certificate issuance issues stand unresolved.

The latest exit has been by latest being the former National Alliance (TNA) Onyango Oloo, ditching the party for Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).

Earlier, the parliament unanimously passed a law restricting party hopping, with Jubilee hoping to contain as many political leaders as possible.

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