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Why Nyoro, Kimunya are feuding over Kiambaa campaigns – Weekly Citizen

Jubilee party is staring at defeat in the July 15 Kiambaa constituency by-election following supremacy wars among top officials unless something is done by top the party brass. At the centre of the war are Kiambu governor James Nyoro and leader
of the majority in the national assembly Amos Kimunya. Nyoro, who is the Kiambu county chief, wants to head the campaigns on
the strength that he understands the needs of the locals better than Kimunya who is the Kipipiri MP in Nyandarua county. But Kimunya, whose parents migrated from Kiambu, Ting’ang’a village in Kiambaa constituency to Nyandarua, argues that he
understands the needs of the locals better as he has roots in the region. The leader of majority has many blood relatives residing in Ting’ang’a area which is one of the regions making up the Kiambaa constituency.

Amos Kimunya

Nyoro has accused Kimunya of running the show alone, locking out other leaders and party members. He asserted that Jubilee risks losing the seat unless local leaders were included in the campaigns for its candidate, Kariri Njama. The governor called for a one command centre noting that it was wrong for Kimunya to exclude him in the campaigns for Njama. “I want to be very categorical that the things we have started seeing are not what we can encourage,” Nyoro said. Matters were made worse when Kimunya, in a viral clip, was recorded threatening Kiambaa residents with dire consequences if they failed to elect Njama as their next MP. “I’m in charge of the Jubilee Party in parliament and I have 206 MPs on my list. The Juja MP elected on Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria’s party, People Empowerment Party, George Koimburi, is not even on my list and I won’t put him any house committee so the people of Juja must live with their decision.

James Nyoro

l also give you a blind eye on you…even those billions sank in roads, may disappear if you do not give us someone who will work with the government,” Kimunya said in Kikuyu language. Among those who censured Kimunya for his remarks include Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru. The Kiambaa parliamentary seat fell vacant after the death of Paul Koinange. Koinange was elected on a Jubilee Party ticket in the 2017 general elections. Until his demise, he served as the chairperson of the departmental committee on administration and national security. The mini-poll is viewed as a two-horse race between Njama and United Democratic Alliance’s Njuguna Wanjiku. This was after the People’s Empowerment Party candidate Raymond Kuria withdrew in favour of Wanjiku. There are reports the deputy president William Ruto might crisscross the
constituency to drum up support for Njuguna ahead of the by-election.

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