Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi's Devolution Empowerment Party and Agriculture CS Peter Munya's Party of National Unity have declared that Deputy President William Ruto's UDA party's popularity in Meru will come to an end.
Kiraitu informed journalists in his office on Tuesday that the DEP party, formerly known as Mbus, is being rebranded and will run candidates for MCAs, MPs, governors, senators, and women representatives in the 2022 general election.
Munya and Kiraitu have proclaimed their support for Raila Odinga, the leader of the ODM, in the 2022 presidential election.
Kiraitu stated that the party's goal is to gather together Mt Kenya East leaders and organize other like-minded leaders to form a coalition to battle and bargain for the region's vote-rich population.
"The Mbus now requires tires and fuel in order to be on the road by the end of the month."
It will win a large number of seats not only in Mt Kenya East, but throughout the country. We'll start looking for grassroots leaders.
"I implore residents to refrain from rushing into celebrations."
In order for Kenya to develop, multiparty politics are required.
We have community kingpins; this is a democratic right, not a tribal one,” Kiraitu explained.
Munya's PNU has agreed to work with Jubilee after the election.
In the 2017 general elections, the party gained only one MP seat and a slew of MCAs.
Meru Senator Mithika Linturi is the leader of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) in Meru and Mt Kenya East.
Gideon Kimathi, the chief of staff of South Imenti MP Kathuri Murungi, stated that the DEP will have a national focus.
He went on to say that having all the Ukambani governors summoned to State House by President Uhuru Kenyatta for talks on national politics when Meru is nowhere is retrogressive and sheer folly.
"If we don't take things seriously, we can be duped."
We see Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua, Kivutha Kibwana, and Chairity Ngilu (Kitui) at one table when the President meets with party leaders, but in Meru, we're talking about rural politics.
"We shall have a party to represent the interests of the counties of Embu, Tharaka Nithi, and Meru."
We must rally behind our leaders. I am now helping people under Kiraitu's administration, but I may run because I have the necessary skills. Kimathi stated, "I have two degrees."
Mwiti Kathendu, a senatorial candidate, and North Imenti MP Rahim Dawood have called for Meru leaders to unify and form a party to mobilise locals in the run-up to the 2022 election.
"We vote as a bloc, and we need to negotiate as a bloc, but small local parties are tearing us apart right now."
"NOPEU never landed because it appeared to have an objective to combat Kiraitu and because it is a Mikinduri party without a national view," Kathendu explained.
Dawood believes Meru is ready for its own political party and has urged Munya and Kiraitu to collaborate in the run-up to the 2022 general election.
“In Mt Kenya East, we had APK (Bus Party 2013), and I hope the two leaders unify so that we can form a coalition of like-minded people.
"We don't know how things will turn out, but after the Building Bridges Initiative passes, we should be looking for a prime minister or deputy prime minister."
The Imenti North MP stated that the party should have a national view, citing the election of Lenny Kivuti as Embu Senator, Njagagua as Mbeere Senator, Dawood as North Imenti Senator, Kiraitu as Meru Senator, and Munya as Meru Governor in 2013.
"We need to bring everyone on board and avoid divisive politics," says the author. "Everyone, including NOPEU, PNU, UDA, and other party followers, ought to be a part of shaping the new party," he stated.
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