- Dr Mutua, through a statement, said the party is not limited to Ukambani, that it must have a national presence.
- Embu Senator Lenny Kivuti said Machakos residents have a visionary leader whose agenda is beyond Ukambani politics.
More aspirants have joined Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua's Maendeleo Chap Chap party ahead of the August polls.
On Tuesday, the party received hopefuls from Tharaka-Nithi County, including Francis Matanka, who is seeking the Senate seat,
Others are Tabitha Mbungu, who wants the woman rep seat, county assembly Speaker John Mbaabu, who is going for the Chuka/Igambang'ombe position, and 25 others seeking MCA seats.
Dr Mutua, in a statement, said the party is not limited to Ukambani and that it must have a national presence.
"The party is attracting aspirants in droves since they want to be associated with an outfit that assures them of victory and is gaining [popularity] nationally," he said.
Hopefuls from regions such as Mandera, Turkana, Lamu, Bungoma, Busia, West Pokot, Wajir, Marsabit, Narok, Kisii, Migori and Nyeri have already joined.