Nairobi, Kenya: Party of National Unity (PNU) chair and former Meru Governor Peter Munya says his party will support Raila Odinga in forthcoming presidential repeat elections.
At the same time Peter Munya has revealed that he will file petition challenging Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi’s win. In his address he noted that Supreme Court ruling proved that IEBC conducted a fraudulent election.
The former Meru Governor Peter Munya who formally joined NASA as the sixth Principals was welcomed by NASA Co Principal and Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi.
Munya’s support for NASA complicates matters in PNU whose new leader is former President Mwai Kibaki and Uhuru Kenyatta’s ally.
Two weeks ago the Registrar of Political Parties gazetted Mr Kibaki as PNU leader, ending Munya’s leadership of the party.
The notice also replaced seven other officials elected alongside Munya last year. According to the Gazette notice, the change of PNU leadership followed a June 20, 2017 judgment by the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal.
The gazette notice names the bona fide PNU officials as John Kamama (Chairman), Irene Muronji (1st Vice chairperson), Paul Amayo (2nd Vice chairperson), John Anunda (Secretary General), Alphonse Musyoki (Organising Secretary), Mwajuma Rajab (Secretary, Finance), Genery Wando (Deputy Treasurer), Anna Chebet (Director of Elections), Prisca Mwita (National Women Chairperson), Beatrice Cherono (National Youth Chairperson) and Agnes Toya (NEC member).
In October 2016 Munya was elected PNU leader during a National Delegates Conference that was disputed by some party officials. Munya and other officials were gazetted in April 2017 on the strength of court orders directing the Registrar of Political Parties to gazette them.
In Munya’s camp were: Secretary General John Okemwa, Paul Rukaria (Deputy Secretary General), Sheikh Juma Ngao (National vice chairman), David Kamau (National vice chairman-operations), Peter Kaberia National Treasurer), Anastacia Munyendo (Deputy National Treasurer) and National organising Secretary Stephen Koskei.
Murungi polled 281,737 votes against Munya’s 232, 569, a difference of 49,168 votes.
During the campaigns NASA had supported a reluctant Munya who knew the value of being associated with Jubilee’s presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta.