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Senator Njoroge defects to Kanu, cites shambolic polls in Jubilee party

By Steve Mkawale | Published Sat, December 17th 2016 at 09:57, Updated December 17th 2016 at 10:07 GMT +3
“I was in the steering committee when Jubilee Party was formed. The party grassroots elections were marred with irregularities and rigging. This is what made me decide to join my original party Kanu,” he said. PHOTO: COURTESY

Nominated Senator Paul Njoroge has defected from Jubilee Party to Kanu.

Mr Njoroge, who until his defection was a member of the Jubilee steering committee, said he was disgruntled by the manner in which the party was being managed. He also cited the shambolic party election of officials across the country.

“I was in the steering committee when Jubilee Party was formed. The party grassroots elections were marred with irregularities and rigging. This is what made me decide to join my original party Kanu,” he said.

He added: “I want to be accommodated back so that we can build the nation together.”

While welcoming him back, Kanu National Chairman Gideon Moi termed Njoroge’s defection as a decision to ‘come back home’ after wandering around.

“This is pleasant and delightful day. I welcome my colleague back home after making a wise and timely decision. His return will definitely strengthen the party. He will add value to the party,” said Gideon.

Speaking at Kabarak Guest House, the Baringo Senator, who was accompanied by his West Pokot counterpart John Lonyangapuo, has now challenged other politicians to take heed and follow suit, saying that Kanu remains the party of choice with enviable manifesto and track record.

“Kanu is the only party with national outlook and with ideals that have withstood the test of time. Here, we allow politicians to exercise their freedom and democratic rights unlike what we are seeing in other parties where there are dictatorial tendencies,” he said.

Lonyangapuo welcomed Njoroge to the Jogoo party saying: “We are not destroying Jubilee coalition. Kanu signed to work with the Government until August 8, 2017 when we will make a decision on which coalition to join,” he said.

Lonyangapuo added that the party is practising politics based on issues and not insults and intimidation like other parties.

“Kanu is the ideal choice that has the peoples’ aspirations and hopes. These other parties just depend on euphoria and cannot last,” he said.

 


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