No trouble in TNA’s primaries — Jamleck
Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau yesterday denied claims that he is interfering with the nominations for The National Alliance party. Kamau said he has no intentions of meddling in the nominations for the Kangema by-election. He said more than 11 candidates have come out to fight for the TNA ticket ahead of September 17 election adding that the party has promised that it will have a favourite for the race. “I am angered by an article that appeared on Sunday in one of the newspapers (not the Star) claiming that I am interfering with the Kangema nominations. This is false information,” he claimed.
The minister claimed presidential aspirants from other parties who are afraid of TNA's popularity in the area are behind "the propaganda. There is no candidate who is being favoured and even Uhuru (Kenyatta, TNA's party leader) himself has said that he will only visit Kangema after the nominations,” he said.
Kamau said the party will ensure fairness in the nominations and that TNA will use the by-election to test its popularity in the area. He added that they have also agreed with the aspirants that the nomination losers will support the winner. Kimani Mugo and Muturi Kigano, who are among the frontrunners for the seat, told the Star those alleging that there is a standoff in TNA's nominations were outsiders whose parties are less popular in Kangema.
“I am as well angered by media reports and what I know is that the Nairobi Metropolitan minister was interested in ensuring fairness and peacefully nominations,” added Mugo. The battle to succeed the late Environment minister has intensified with more than 12 contestants declaring interest for the seat.
Aspirants include business man Kimani Mugo,Ann Kirima who is a daughter to Nairobi business tycoon the late Gerishon Kirima, ICC accredited lawyer Muturi Kigano, and KNUT national Vice Chairman Samson Mwangi Kaguma. Others include Kangema based businessman John Gathogo, lawyer Kimani Kahiro, Mwangi Githiga, Tirus Nyingi Ngahu, Andrew Kamenju, and university lecturer Gideon Kamau among others