Kiambu County Senator Kimani Wamatangi, who also happens to be the Senate Chief Whip has poured cold water on the recent rush that has seen a number of politicians, both aspiring and those presently serving, move to join the newly rebranded United Democratic Alliance party, associated with the Deputy President. Going down memory lane, the second term senator pointed out that it wasn’t the first time such a rush and flurry of restlessness was being witnessed in Central Kenya, months to an election.
Senator Wamatangi was speaking on Citizen TV’s morning political show Daybreak, which was hosted by Waihiga Mwaura. Others on the show included Machakos governor Dr Alfred Mutua, Homa Bay Women Representative Gladys Wanga, and Kakamega senator Cleophas Malala.
He said the circumstances preceding the 2007 general elections were not so different from the present ones.
After having swept to power through a landslide victory in the previous election of 2002, Mwai Kibaki found himself in quite a difficult position months prior to the 2007 election.
Just like Jubilee currently, the party that president Mwai Kibaki had ridden to power on, NARC, had disintegrated, and what was left of it had been taken over by Charity Ngilu who moved with it to the opposing side.
Clueless and determined not to be caught flat-footed by the elections which were fast approaching, politicians from Mount Kenya trooped to Narc Kenya. It was a party led by then powerful cabinet minister Martha Karua, and everyone was convinced that not only did she have the president’s ear, but that surely, she was running Narc Kenya with the blessings of the president.
A mad rush ensued and Kikuyu MPs were falling over themselves in an effort to join the party.
However, shock greeted them when finally, president Mwai Kibaki, instead joined PNU, through which he intended to seek reelection.
It turned comical when a new rush again began, dashing out of NARC Kenya to join PNU.
Warning the politicians who have thrown themselves in the euphoric rush to join UDA, Wamatangi advised them that the 2007 scenario could very well replay itself.
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