, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 21 – Political differences between Gichugu MP Martha Karua and Deputy Prime minister Uhuru Kenyatta are set to deepen after Karua reported Kenyatta’s The National Alliance (TNA) party to the Registrar of Political Parties.
The Narc Kenya leader wants TNA to be reprimanded after its supporters allegedly disrupted a Narc Kenya rally in Kianjokoma market in Embu last Sunday.
The party has petitioned the Registrar of Political Parties and The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to invoke election rules in order to guarantee fairness during the campaigns.
In a letter to the two bodies, the party complained: “We were met by rowdy and drunken youth (500m from Kianjokoma market) waving branches and TNA paraphernalia who claimed that Kianjokoma was a TNA zone. They followed us to the market shouting and made it impossible for us to address the crowd. We want the Registrar to deal with the issue in accordance with the law to discourage political hooliganism and violence during the elections.”
Party Secretary General Mwanyengela Ngali flanked by the Vice Chairman Augustine Lotodo said that every aspirant had the right to canvas for votes anywhere in the country and that the zoning of the country was a recipe for chaotic campaigns.
Ngali who spoke at the party’s headquarters in Nairobi insisted that the Narc Kenya entourage did not interrupt any meeting organised by TNA.
He insisted that the party’s presidential aspirant Martha Karua had held other peaceful rallies in her tour of Embu and elsewhere in the country with no problems.
“This is the period when people are hunting for votes and this is the time that these problems are nipped in the bud because we want justice and not those with might to have their way,” he added.
Tourism Assistant Minister Cecily Mbarire on Monday accused Karua of walking into a meeting organised by TNA grassroots leaders.
Among the laws that IEBC has listed as electoral laws is the Preservation of Public Security Act and the Public Order Act.