, NAKURU, Kenya, Feb 23 – KANU’s National Executive Council (NEC) has resolved to support President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re- election during the August General Election.
Addressing journalists after a seven-hour closed door meeting, party Secretary General Nick Salat said that the decision was reached after intense deliberations.
The party will however field candidates for all the other elective positions nationally.
He said that although he tried to bring the suggestion that KANU back NASA, his suggestion was defeated.
Sources within the meeting said out of the 16 KANU NEC delegates, two were absent while nine voted in support of President Kenyatta. The other five who included Salat voted in support of NASA.
KANU Chairman Gideon Moi said that he had traversed the country seeking the views of party members and what he gathered was what he brought to the NEC meeting leading to the outcome.
West Pokot Senator John Lonyangapuo said that those dissatisfied with the NEC decision were free to make independent choices but the top organ of the party had given direction which way to go come the August polls.
On the bloodletting in Baringo, Senator Moi said that it would be important for President Kenyatta to intervene so as to have calm restored in the area.
He however called on residents of Baringo to avoid taking revenge and instead leave government security agencies to handle the situation.
Lonyangapuo and Baringo County Assembly Speaker William Kamket reiterated the need for politicians who are inciting residents of Baringo into violence to be arrested and prosecuted.
Lonyangapuo said that there was need to probe Tiaty MP Asman Kamama saying that he has been in the forefront in making reckless statements.
Further, the two leaders said that there was need for the police probing the weekend shooting of two politicians in Marigat town to give updates of the progress they have made in order to restore confidence among the locals.