“In the recent weeks, Muriithi and Kioni have had this fixation, and falsely so, that TNA will give way to UDF and that they are joined at the hip,” Buku said in the statement.
Hunting with dogs
The statement added: “These are blatant lies! No such thing exists. The two are not in TNA and therefore are not qualified to speak for Uhuru. They should stop pretending they can (speak on behalf of Uhuru)”.
He said the two MPs, who have been working with Mudavadi, had already made a choice to support UDF. “They must stop running with the hare and hunting with the dogs. They made their choice to be in UDF, so what is difficult in sticking to their UDF,” Uhuru asked through Buku.
Monday, in a brief comment, Muriithi said he could not speak on UDF “since there is a difference between an individual and the party”.
“I don’t wish to respond further on a statement I have not seen,” the Laikipia West MP told The Standard on the telephone.
In Embu, Kiraitu however said there was no doubt that Uhuru is the most popular candidate in the region and consequently many people in APK were supporting his bid for the presidency.
He argued the common perception that there was a stand off between APK and TNA arises from the way the latter was introduced and its attempts to sideline APK and other parties in the region. “Tension arises in the way TNA attempts to own Uhuru to the exclusion of all other political parties in the region,” said Kiraitu.
He noted that President Kibaki won in 2002 because of the cooperation between various parties and ethnic groups that voted for him en masse.