Former assistant minister Kilemi Mwiria has announced that he will vie for Meru governorship seat on a Maendeleo Chap Chap party (MCC).
This comes after he ditched Jubilee on Tuesday citing loss of confidence in the party in the region and fearing that he will be rigged out of the party during the nominations by an outfit dubbed Kikali, which brings together Senator Kiraitu Murungi and MPs Mithika Linturi (Igembe South) and Florence Kajuju (Woman Representative) who have created an unfair playground within the party.
Speaking to journalists on Thursday after being received by MCC party leader Machakos Governor Dr Alfred in Nairobi, Dr Mwiria said that he decided to join the party because of its progressive agenda and being supportive of the president’s re-election bid.
“I am not going to a hostile political party. I realized there were difficulties in Jubilee as you know in Meru we have a team called Kikali who have made it look like they own Jubilee and it would be naïve for me to expect that I will win that nomination,” said Mwiria.
Dr Mwiria said that he consulted President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto before joining the party and that they gave him their blessings.
“I have consulted with the president and he has no problem because the party I am joining today is a hundred percent supportive of him and given the circumstances in political parties currently, I have no doubt that we shall work together with the president,” said Mwiria.
The former advisor to the president on education added that he is not anyone’s project and exuded confidence that he will trounce in the elections come August citing his development record while representing Tigania West as a member of parliament and his exemplary service in the government.
“During the 2013 elections, I received more than 180,000 votes from the people of Meru and saying that I am somebody’s project does not add up. I am not spoiling for Munya as nobody knows if he will be re-elected,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dr Mutua called on Kenyan voters to vote parties along development records and not tribal lines as that is what will move the country forward.
“We cannot develop our country through petty politics. Youths need employment, education and better services and we cannot achieve these through politics of self-interest,” said Dr Mutua.
He added that the party has been receiving many defectors from other parties across the country and that the party will field candidates in all elective posts in all the 47 counties.