Wednesday, July 23, 2008



Kenya Times
July 23, 2008
By Clement Kamau

KANU officials from the greater Kisambu district have called on President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga to sack ministers who have started early campaigns for 2012 General Election. They said it was unfortunate some ministers had defied calls by Kibaki and Raila to stop the premature campaigns.

Led by former Kiambu KANU organising secretary Anthony Njehu, Limuru officials David Mbiyu, John Karanja and Kikuyu chairman Dominic Ng’ang’a, the leaders termed the Kibaki succession debate as insult to victims of the post-election violence who are yet to be resettled.

‘Why can’t Justice minister Martha Karua use the funds and energy she is using to campaign for the presidency to help internally displaced persons (IDPs) who languishing in camps besides pushing for the review of the constitution?, posed Njehu.

On his part, Mbiyu said it was wrong for ministers and their assistants to spend government resources to campaign for 2012 presidential and premier positions, saying those doing so should be sacked.

The officials accused Karua who is Narc-Kenya interim chairperson of creating confusion and trying to wreck the five-month- old Grand Coalition Government by dwelling on the Kibaki succession issues at the expense of fighting tribalism and poverty.

They cautioned her against throwing barbs at KANU National Chairman Uhuru Kenyatta, claiming she was “fighting to remain relevant to Gichugu people”.

The officials who were speaking to Kenya Times in Kiambu also urged Kibaki to remain firm on his call for PNU affiliate parties to dissolve and form a single entity.

Ng’ang’a said that the rebellion in PNU was likely to impact negatively on the residents of Central who, he noted, will have “no bargaining chip in 2012”.

The leaders also called upon Uhuru to work with Raila to form a formidable coalition before the next General Election. They urged Uhuru to convene an urgent KANU National Delegates’ Conference (NDC) to deliberate on its future.