Wako sets base in ODM as Mbugua joins TNA

September 27, 2012 3:57 pm
Former AG Amos Wako flanked by ODM Leader Raila Odinga and other party luminaries. The Busia governor aspirant joined the orange party on Thursday/ PHOTO: Raila Odinga campaign team

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 27- Former Administration Police Commandant Kinuthia Mbugua has joined The National Alliance (TNA) party as the season of political realignments takes shape.

Mbugua who on Thursday afternoon enlisted as a TNA member, says he joined the party as he feels it represents the aspirations of the people of Nakuru County.

“When I go through the aspirations and principles of TNA, I find that it is the party that caters for the political, social and economic needs of Nakuru County. The county is very inspired by the ‘I Believe’ slogan,” he said.

Mbugua who intends to contest the position of Governor for Nakuru County says that he takes a wealth of experience in management of public affairs to the county.

He says that he aims to lead the county to economic prosperity.

He explained: “I bring value for leadership necessary to uplift the status of Nakuru County. I am experienced in public matters and I believe that the seat I am looking for requires the right stewardship.”

TNA Secretary General Onyango Oloo used the occasion to affirm that the party will conduct fair nominations as he enticed other people who are yet to choose parties.

“TNA wants to form the next government and we welcome all of those who are still out there irrespective of their religion colour or creed,” he said.

I bring value for leadership necessary to uplift the status of Nakuru County – Mbugua

Elsewhere, former Attorney General Amos Wako joined the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) where he was received by party leader Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Odinga maintained that the ODM was attracting more supporters even in the wake of recent political realignments in the country.

”ODM is open to all Kenyans and welcomes people with like minds to join it,” he said.

The premier assured members that party nominations for those seeking elective posts will be open and transparent.

“As party leader, I would like to assure all our members that everybody in ODM is equal – there will be no sacred cows; nominations will be free and fair so that everybody is given a chance,” he said.

Speaking during the occasion, the former AG said that he had decided to join ODM because he felt that the party carried the flag of reforms.

“I am joining ODM because its leadership has consistently advocated for the rights of Kenyans and is committed to implement the new constitution,” said Wako.

Wako who retired last year after two decades as the government’s chief legal advisor will contest the seat of Senator in Busia County.

ODM is open to all Kenyans and welcomes people with like minds to join it – Odinga

ODM has over the years suffered the loss of some prominent officials who steered the party in the 2007 elections, including the exit of the members of the then top party organ, the Pentagon.

Those who have left include Musalia Mudavadi, William Ruto and Najib Balala.

Recently, ODM nominated MP Rachel Shebesh attended a TNA retreat in Naivasha giving clear indication that she’s on her way out of the orange party.

Starehe MP Margaret Wanjiru is also rumoured to be on her way out of the party to join TNA but Secretary General Onyango Oloo downplayed the speculation insisting that the party was not aware of her move.

Oloo nonetheless made it clear Wanjiru was welcome in TNA if she decided to ditch ODM.


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