Just days after presidential candidates Japheth Kavinga Kaluyu and Professor Wajakoya attacked the media for ignoring obscure presidential candidates and instead, concentrating only on the popular ones, one of the country’s top journalists brazenly ridiculed Gatundu South member of parliament’s party, Chama Cha Kazi. In what seemed like an unethical display of journalism, he said that Kuria’s Chama Cha Kazi had only one member who is himself, and thus, technically, he isn’t a party leader as such, but in reality, he’s actually the party.
Worth noting is that SK Macharia, one of the country’s leading media owners already announced his preferred presidential candidate in the forthcoming elections. This was a move that ensured even as Kenyans move towards the polls, they will be subjected more and more to partial and biased journalism, or perceived so.
The Moses Kuria incident unfolded during Citizen TV’s weekly political show, News Gang, which usually features Linus Kaikai, Joe Ageyo, Yvonne Okwara, Jamila Mohamed and Francis Gachuri. This time, Jamila Mohamed was missing in action, leaving only the four.
When they got to talking about the recent Mount Kenya leaders meeting which resolved to pick Martha Karua as the spokesperson, Yvonne Okwara suggested that the meeting couldn’t be taken lightly since it was a meeting of party leaders. She said that Martha Karua is the party leader of Narc Kenya while Mwangi Kiunjuri is the party leader of The Service Party. However, before she could say that Moses Kuria is the party leader for Chama Cha Kazi, Ageyo quickly interrupted, cutting her short and opining that due to the party membership and its numbers, Kuria isn’t a party leader but, in fact, the party.
According to the registrar of political parties, CCK attained full registration on August 17 this year, becoming the seventy-fifth fully registered party after complying with conditions set in Section 7 of the Political Parties Act, 2011.
Kuria formed CCK after he was ousted from the People’s Empowerment Party (PEP) through which he clinched two seats in Gaturi ward and Juja constituency.
Through CCK, Kuria formed an alliance with Martha Karua’s NARC Kenya, Mwangi Kiunjuri’s The Service Party (TSP) with trio referring to themselves as the Limuru 3.
“We commit to working together on issues affecting our region and nation. This initiative in the next three months will culminate into the ‘Limuru 3’ conference where we can be able to make resolutions on how to conduct our affairs,” Karua said.
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