BY ERIC WAINAINA
Kiambu politicians are desperately scrambling for nomination tickets in the newly launched The National Alliance party ahead of the next General Election in the hope it will guarantee then a win.
Before the launch of the party associated with Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, politicians eyeing seats for governor, senator, MP and county representatives were selling their manifestos to the electorates under other party banners.
Mwaura Ngarari, Juja MP William Kabogo, former Limuru MP George Nyanja and James Nyoro, a former Director of Rockefeller Foundation who have declared for governorship are all jostling for TNA nominations.
The same is happening with the women representatives, parliamentary aspirants and County assembly aspirants, an indication of Kenyatta’s dominance Kiambu politics.
The politicians want to take photos with Mr Kenyatta, the only presidential aspirant from the county, for popularity. Analysts say anyone who will not be with Kenyatta’s party will lose.
Nyanja ditched Democratic Party of Kenya which had given him direct ticket while Kabogo has partially left Narc Kenya, saying electorates would not vote for him if he is not under Kenyatta’s party.
In Ruiru, for instance, aspirants Geoffrey Kaara, Peter Kin’gara, Gathii Irungu, John Njihia and Samuel Muli are fighting to open an office each.
In Kiambaa, Raymond Kuria, Julius Mwangi and Paul Koinange are battling for the tickets and this has seen Koinange and Kuria open two offices in Muchatha and Banana respectively.
The same has been happening in Gatundu North and Gatundu south where some fear that only the moneyed will get nominations.
Last month, Mr Kabogo and Nyanja confronted each other during the opening of an office at Kamiti in Ruiru, abruptly ending the function.