NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 25 – The former leader of the outlawed Mungiki sect, Maina Njenga, is not welcome to The National Alliance (TNA) party, an official said on Thursday.
TNA National Chairman Johnson Sakaja said in a statement that reports indicating that Njenga was joining the party were malicious, “and a deliberate attempt to paint the party and its leadership in negative light during the current visit of ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.”
“TNA is alarmed at reports from a section of the media alleging that the party is in talks with Maina Njenga to join it. We categorically state that Maina Njenga is not welcome to TNA,” Sakaja declared.
TNA which is led by Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta made the declaration following reports in a local daily that Njenga was planning to dissolve his Mkenya Solidarity Movement and join TNA at a ceremony in his Kitengela home on Saturday.
Kenyatta is facing charges of crimes against humanity after the post-election violence in 2008 alongside former Civil Service head Francis Muthaura, Eldoret North MP William Ruto, and radio journalist Joshua arap Sang.
Sakaja maintained that Njenga was not attuned to the ideals that TNA represents, which are geared to transforming the country, hope, opportunities for all, generational rejuvenation and unity of all communities.
“These are ideals which Maina Njenga does not represent in any way. There is little, if any, compatibility between us and him. Maina Njenga has stated repeatedly where he belongs and stands politically,” Sakaja added saying that Njenga had previously indicated willingness to work with the Orange Democratic Movement.
In the run up to the Kangema by-election, Njenga had declared that he would back Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s presidential bid.
Odinga whose party did not field a candidate in Kangema joined forces to campaign for the Mkenya Solidarity Movements’ candidate John Gathogo.
Gathogo lost in the by-election that was won by TNA’s Tirus Ngahu and the Mkenya Solidarity Movement received another blow after Chairman GG Kariuki defected to TNA early this month.
Njenga has been at loggerheads with Kenyatta with police having to twice disperse meetings organised by Njenga to counter resolutions made by Kenyatta’s supporters under the Gikuyu, Embu, and Meru Association (GEMA).
Odinga is on record defending Njenga for organising the Limuru 2B meetings in April.