Eight MPs allied to PNU have urged presidential hopefuls Martha Karua and Peter Kenneth to join the PNU Alliance for party presidential nominations. The MPs said the two should join their colleagues and seek joint nominations to ensure the region votes as a bloc.
Maragua MP Elias Mbau said if the two fail to join the other candidates, they will be branded as traitors. “We want to urge them to be united and to face others under the alliance. If they feel they are strong enough, then they have nothing to fear. If they do not support our team, they will have demonstrated that they are working for some invisible masters. We will perceive those who go their own way as being used to divide us so they can be used as bargaining chips,” said Mbau.
Mbau who has earlier been perceived as a close ally of Kenneth said his team is in favour of no one. “Peter Kenneth is just my neighbour. When you are neighbours, you cannot avoid meeting since you use the same road,” he said.
Other MPs Mburi Muiru (Tharaka), Maina Kamau (Kandara), Daniel Muoki (Mwala), Muturi Mwangi (Kiharu), Joseph Kiuna (Molo), Peter Kiilu (Makueni), and Gitari Gachoki (Kirinyaga Central) said the main contest will be between the PNU Alliance and ODM. “This bus is big enough. The only thing we are looking for is a driver. We urge all the people from the PNU side to join us and seek a joint nomination. All we need is for it to be free and fair,” said Muiru.
Gachoki said the presence of many candidates from Central seeking the to seat demonstrated that there is greed. Kiuna expressed optimism that the PNU Alliance would form the next government if its leaders remained united. The legislators also called for peaceful campaigns during the 2012 polls.