TNA leaders meet today amid divisions on use of party funds
|TNA chairman Johnson Sakaja (centre), secretary general Onyango Oloo (left) Lamu Senator Abu Chiaba at a past press briefing. [PHOTO: WILBERFORCE OKWIRI/STANDARD]|
SEE ALSO :Uhuru's tax gamble that enraged Kenyans“We are pushing in line with President Kenyatta’s thinking for a joint secretariat with URP because TNA is full of dishonest people. The allegations that MPs are interested in the money from the political parties fund are laughable. What is Sh88 million to 88 MPs? It’s an equivalent to an MP’s one month’s pay. What they should and must understand is that there is no money for TNA or URP, all we have is money for the coalition. We will be holding a joint meeting with URP MPs to firm this up very soon. Otherwise we will not let the party be managed by extremely dishonest people,” said Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa. Ichung’wa said he was one of the “many MPs unhappy with the party’s leadership” and who will also skip the meeting although he said he had been invited and had even confirmed attendance. Apparently, TNA had invited less than 10 MPs, five senators and a group of county assembly members to the retreat. Those who have been invited include MPs Kabando wa Kabando, Sakaja, Joel Onyancha and senators Kimani Wa Matangi and nominated senator Naisula Lesuuda. Yesterday, Ichung’wa described as “dishonest” allegations by TNA Executive Director Charles Mathai that nobody invited him (Ichung’wa) to the meeting.
SEE ALSO :Investors get nod for SGR extensionIchung’wa responded saying: “They are simply reacting to what Sakuda and Kanini Kega started. They are even now claiming that they had not invited me to that meeting yet I have text messages which they sent inviting me to attend. It is this dishonesty we are fighting within the party.” He added: “Some people cannot be entrusted with simple things like phone messages that have readily available records … Will you trust the same people to restructure a national party? I do not have time to engage with people who are suffering from hangovers of the past. They should know that they will not intimidate any parliamentarian or any member of the party.” Mathai said the meeting at Naivasha today brings together a working group converging to look at a technical document prepared by experts on a four-year strategic plan. “Strategic plans are academic documents until they are considered by all party organs including the PG (parliamentary Group) who then bring life to the plan so that implementation can commence. We will be tabling this document before the party organs as soon as possible. The document contains party programmes complete with budgets and timelines,” said Mathai But sections of MPs have dismissed the meeting as one that has been convened by a few people to cover up their failure to manage the party.