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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Gitobu Imanyara ditches ODM for Maendeleo Chap Chap

Lawyer Gitobu Imanyara after his meeting with Njuri Ncheke elders at his Mariene home where he announced that the will vie for Central Imenti MP on a Maendeleo Chap Chap ticket, March 20, 2017. /DENNIS DIBONDO
Lawyer Gitobu Imanyara after his meeting with Njuri Ncheke elders at his Mariene home where he announced that the will vie for Central Imenti MP on a Maendeleo Chap Chap ticket, March 20, 2017. /DENNIS DIBONDO

Lawyer Gitobu Imanyara has ditched ODM for Maendeleo Chap Chap party, whose leader is Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua.

Imanyara, who received blessings from Njuri Ncheke elders at his Mariene home, said he will seek to recapture the Central Imenti MP seat.

The lawyer made the decision after holding a closed-door meeting with elders. He said he consulted widely after announcing his return to politics a week ago.

"I had retired from politics but I was called by the elders and residents who told me [matters were not being handled well]....the development projects I started stalled. They asked me to make a comeback," he said after the meeting with about 100 elders.

He added: "In the 2013 poll, I vied for senator on an ODM ticket but this time round the elders have told me to vie under Maendeleo Chap Chap. Its leaders have shown good leadership by campaigning peacefully and its structures are good, unlike other coalitions which are filled with fracas and abuses."

Joseph Muriungi said the elders agreed that should Imanyara fail in his role as legislator, the people should not cast him away.

"They should return our son to us as we are his parents," he said.

Imanyara announced that he would retire from active politics after he lost his bid for Meru senator to Kiraitu Murungi in the 2013 elections. He garnered 48,050 against Kiraitu's 361,897.

Others vying for the Imenti Central parliamentary seat include incumbent MP Gideon Mwiti and Meru county secretary Gideon Kimathi.

Read: ODM dismisses reports Imanyara has succeeded Ababu as Secretary General


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