NAIROBI, August 5 – The Party of National Unity (PNU) on Tuesday endorsed President Mwai Kibaki as its first National Chairman and Patron in a bid to strengthen the coalition.
A Parliamentary Group meeting held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre also agreed to adopt corporate and individual membership, which means that PNU affiliate parties would retain their individual identities.
However, the PNU Co-ordinating Committee Chairman Dr Noah Wekesa said members must comply with the Political Parties’ Act on individual membership.
“Parties within PNU coalition who would like to remain corporate members will be free to do so, but must individually comply with provisions of the Political Parties’ Act,” he said.
The meeting, chaired by President Kibaki, further resolved to amend the party constitution to include both individual and corporate membership.
Wekesa said that following the issues agreed upon on Tuesday, the party would be open to individual membership countrywide.
PNU Spokesman George Nyamweya also noted that the party had agreed on the structure of leadership, which he said will start from the grassroots level.
He said: “We will follow the normal party structures; we will have two Vice Chairmen, two Deputy Secretaries, two Deputy Treasurers and two Deputy Organising Secretaries, we will not start speculating names until elections are done right from the grassroots.”
President Kibaki met open defiance last month after he proposed that PNU be transformed into a single united party, and encouraged individual entities to be swallowed by PNU.
Last week, the party suffered yet another hitch after Justice Minister Martha Karua raised three fingers -Narc Kenya’s sign – to insist that she was still in that party, minutes after the President chaired a two-hour meeting aimed at encouraging them to dissolve their parties and come together under PNU.
Karua did not attend Tuesday’s meeting.