NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 28 – Maendeleo Chap Chap Party leader Alfred Mutua has urged the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to blacklist politicians engaging in ethnic hatred in the run up to the General Election.
Mutua who spoke during the party’s aspirants meeting at the Kasarani Stadium indoor arena said Chap Chap was a party that advocated for peace and justice.
He said aspirants should be free to seek for votes regardless of their political parties without being intimidated.
“Voters should also be free to exercise their constitutional rights by voting for the leaders of their choice,” said Mutua.
He said that the responsible politicians should not be allowed to contest in the polls since they were polarising the country.
“Some of these politicians are making utterances that may lead to the build up of electoral violence,” said Mutua.
He said IEBC must put in place mechanisms to deal with those engaging in politics of incitement.
Mutua said his party was neither affiliated to Jubilee or NASA but will support the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“We are an independent party with our own agenda. We are in the hearts of the people and share their hopes and aspirations,” said Mutua.
He said that his support for President Kenyatta was based on a shared vision of development.
“The President has done a lot in terms of development and needs another term to complete very important projects,” said Mutua.
Senators Lenny Kivuti, Emma Mbura, Mwala MP Vincent Musau, nominated Bishop Robert Mutemi, Embu County Deputy Governor Dorothy Nditi and former Imenti Central MP Gitobu Imanyara were among the over 3,000 aspirants present.
Kivuti who is eyeing the Embu County Governor’s seat said the party was confident of clinching many elective seats come the August polls.
Musau told the aspirants to vigorously campaign for the party adding it has a bright future.
“This party is strong in Ukambani and will cause a storm in the political scene,” said Musau.
Mwiria who is vying for Meru Governor on the Chap Chap ticket said devolution was working and had triggered development adding that it should be protected by electing good leaders to push the development agenda.
Mbura said she had joined the party from Jubilee since it believes in equality and represents the majority of Kenyans.
“I urge those uncomfortable in their parties to join Chap Chap. They are welcome,” said Mbura.
Mutua said his party supported that elections be held on August 8 this year.
He reiterated that all parties and not sections of the political class be involved by IEBC in matters relating to the elections.
Wajir East parliamentary aspirant Dr Ali Mahamood said MCC had a national outlook and will offer transformative leadership to our people.
Mahamood said they will work hard to popularise the party in North Eastern.
Nditi said MCC had a development conscious leader who was committed to improving the lives of the electorate.
On nominations, Mutua said the party will give direct tickets to candidates who have no opponents while where there is more than one aspirant they will adopt consensus or negotiated agreement.
“We will also do a popularity poll to ascertain the best candidate,” said Mutua.
He urged voters to elect Chap Chap leaders come the elections saying they had a vision for a better nation.
The aspirants were taken through the party nominations rules and party structures by the Chairman of the Electoral Board, lawyer Wilfred Nyamu.