NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 6 – Senator Lenny Kivuti formally quit the Jubilee Party Monday, and will vie for the Embu gubernatorial seat on a Maendeleo Chap Chap party ticket.
Kivuti who spoke at the Maendeleo Chap Chap party headquarters explained that he made the decision after consulting more than 1,000 grassroots leaders over the weekend.
“Embu County is driven not only by the development agenda but through unity of purpose. We believe that only when this is achieved will the people in Embu be able to work together towards development efforts,” he said.
He decamped from Jubilee Party saying he was not sure he would win the Jubilee ticket since nominations will not be free and fair.
“Why I told my people in Embu that we go to Maendeleo Chap Chap was not by accident. It was by choice. The party supports our President Uhuru Kenyatta so Embu County believes in the President leading this country come August this year,” he said. “We came here because we felt that the nomination process at the Jubilee Party will not be free and fair.
Kivuti made it clear he backs President Kenyatta’s re-election in the August poll.
He also indicated that once elected to office, he will focus on the development agenda of the county.
“On the development agenda, we all know that Machakos in number one and I told these people that since I am very good in working, I would like to see Embu County overtake Machakos in the next few years and we can get there by having like-minded individuals working together,” he said.
Kivuti defected with his running mate Emilio Kathuri, Deputy Governor Dorothy Nditi who will vie as Woman Representative and Mbeere North MP Muriuki Njagagua.
The leaders were received by Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua who is also the Maendeleo Chap Chap leader.
“The question there is this, will God come to Embu and sit on a machine for digging a borehole? That is not possible but he will use leaders like Lenny Kivuti who has given of himself to do this,” Mutua stated.
He emphasised the need for leaders to be selfless in their service to Kenyans.
“In Machakos, I always tell my people that I am not a leader but a servant. My work there is to answer their prayers by helping them get whatever they ask for. Serving them is a priority for me,” he stated.
President Kenyatta’s adviser Kilemi Mwiria also ditched Jubilee Party for MCC last week.
READ: Kilemi Mwiria ditches Jubilee for Mutua’s Chap Chap party
Mwiria, who is an aspirant for the Meru governor seat, said his opponents in the ruling coalition had crowded the race.