NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 3 – The Jubilee Party has rejected nomination papers of former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga for the Laikipia Senate seat.
An official at the party headquarters told Capital FM News that Njenga’s papers were rejected due his perceived links with the outlawed sect, even though he had publicly denounced it and started preaching in his Hope International Ministries Church.
“His nomination has been rejected,” the official said, and explained that it has to do with “Njenga’s association with Mungiki.”
The party’s decision also comes days after word went round that the government had threatened to sack more than 30 chiefs who attended his political meeting in Laikipia.
He is among several candidates lining up to unseat incumbent Senator G.G Kariuki.
Others interested in the seat are Ndung’u Wangenye, Samuel Kabichwa, Douglas Kiguru and Githiri Nyaga.
On the other hand the governor’s seat currently held by Joshua Irungu has attracted at least seven candidates in what is shaping up to be a hot contest since all are seeking the Jubilee Party ticket.
They include the former County Secretary John Mwanini, a one-time Irungu ally whom he fired early last year, Deputy Governor Gitonga Kabugi, Thuita Mwangi who formerly served as Permanent Secretary at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, former Laikipia West MP Nderitu Muriithi as well as businessmen Francis Ng’ang’a, Boniface Nyamu and James Mathenge.