A simmering division is brewing in Kenya Kwanza after The Service Party leader Mwangi Kiunjuri told the Mt Kenya region to vote for whoever they want for the presidency.
Kiunjuri told the Mt Kenya region to focus on the leadership abilities of the aspirants and not the parties they are vying on.
“People from Laikipia County and Mt Kenya region, elect leaders and not parties, Elect the president you want and look for the leaders who you will vote for, for the other positions,” Kiujuri said in an interview with Inooro TV on Wednesday evening.
The Former Agriculture CS has been vocal in rooting for Deputy President William Ruto’s presidential bid.
Being one of the coalition partners in Kenya Kwanza Alliance, his party expected him to use the TV platform to urge the Mt Kenya region to vote for Ruto instead of leaving the options open for his supporters .
In a press conference n Monday, Kiunjuri raised serious concerns over being sidelined in the running of affairs in the Kenya Kwanza Alliance.
He said some parties have been kept in the dark and ignored in carrying out campaigns, something he warned could jeopardize Ruto’s bid for the top seat.
“When you are in a coalition, you need to work as a team. You cannot pretend in the day that you are in a coalition and at night, you are not in a coalition,” Kiunjuri said as quoted by The Star
He added: “I cannot go to Nyandarua today and ask the people of Nyandarua to support a TSP candidate when we have ANC, Ford Kenya, Tujibebe and CCK candidates. I would be a hypocrite.”
According to the Star, a storm is also brewing in the Kenya Kwanza camp as partner parties fight over zoning and cash for campaigns.
There are concerns that UDA, Ford Kenya and ANC are receiving preferential treatment in the coalition in the running and coordination of campaign funds running into millions of shillings.
There are also reports that only a few individuals are entitled to choppers acquired for the presidential campaigns.
On Tuesday, Kiunjuri announced that his party will be carrying out 30-day parallel campaign rallies to boost his party popularity and drum up support for Ruto.
Kenya Kwanza comprises 14 political parties, including Ruto’s UDA, Musalia Mudavadi’s ANC and Moses Wetangula’s Ford Kenya as principal partners.