, NAIROBI, Kenya, July 2 – Deputy President William Ruto’s United Republican Party says it will support TNA candidate Moses Kuria in the August 7 Gatundu South by-election.
In a statement sent to newsrooms, URP Secretary General Fred Muteti denied reports that the widow of the late former area Member of Parliament will vie on a URP ticket.
“Joyce Ngugi is not a member of URP as of this morning. I have checked my records and consulted with the Registrar of Political Parties and found out that she is still a member of TNA and not a member of URP, so how can she vow to contest on a URP ticket?”
“I therefore urge Ms Joyce Ngugi to join hands with Mr Moses Kuria and campaign together towards the success and winning by the jubilee coalition in the upcoming by-election,” Muteti advised.
He says both TNA and URP have a pre-election agreement on how to handle by-elections.
“URP and TNA have a pre-election coalition agreement which was deposited with the Registrar of Political Parties and one of the issues in this agreement is the issue how to handle successful elections and it is very clear on the issue of zoning, whereby some counties are zoned for TNA and others are zoned for URP,” he explained.
“In some counties, we allow both parties to file candidates. In the above case of Gatundu South, Kiambu County is marked for TNA just like Bomet is marked URP.”
Kuria won during the closely contested TNA party nominations and has since been confirmed by the party elections tribunal.
Muteti said the Jubilee coalition will have one candidate whom they will campaign for.
“The Jubilee coalition is fully behind the candidature of Moses Kuria and we shall be out there campaigning for him to capture the seat,” he stated.
“As a coalition we are committed to a vibrant democratic development and to institutionalise our democratization process through strong political parties,” he affirmed.