Focus on interim TNA officials as it courts members
Compliance process“As part of the compliance process, Transformational National Alliance is seeking to establish offices in the 290 constituencies…the party is very rich in the brain and at the heart but not necessarily in the pocket,” said the party’s advert calling for "voluntary but facilitated positions" on Friday. Keen, the former Nyeri county council chairman and immediate chairman of the Athi Water Services Board (AWSB), is deputised by former Permanent Secretary Dr Cyrus Njiru (Strategy) and Yassir Noor (Programmes). Other officials include Arnold Maliba (secretary general), land economist Dr Mwenda Makathimo (deputy secretary general), Dr Susan Mwanzia (treasurer) and GG Kagombe as executive director. Chairman of Nyeri Young Professionals Isaac Thuita described the move as ill-timed and meant to weaken Jubilee with officials largely drawn from the ruling party. “It is just a few years ago that Uhuru Kenyatta convinced the region to unite in one house. What has changed? We need a strong party to do our bidding,” said Thuita, a close ally of Keen.
New vehicleWhile the footprint of Kuria is clear in the appointment of Kagombe from his constituency as executive director, he could be seeking to sidestep the provisions in the Political Parties Act that deem a member to have defected from a party if the member advances or promotes the interests of another party. Kuria’s decision to throw his weight behind a new political vehicle came about after the Democratic Party of Kenya disowned him early this year. "For the record, Kuria is not a member of our party but we recognise that he is a prominent politician and MP. He and everyone else is welcome to join us," said Keen.
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