In Summary
  • Friday, the party is to hold elections in Nairobi with its eyes cast on the next General Election as it seeks to fill a vacuum to be left when President Uhuru Kenyatta leaves power.

  • Wednesday, PNU Secretary-General John Okemwa said some 5,800 members are expected to attend the National Delegates Conference (NDC) at Kasarani.

The Party of National Unity (PNU) whose ticket President Mwai Kibaki successfully defended his seat in 2007 disputed elections is preparing for a major revival ahead of 2022 polls.

Friday, the party is to hold elections in Nairobi with its eyes cast on the next General Election as it seeks to fill a vacuum to be left when President Uhuru Kenyatta leaves power.

PNU remained intact when other parties that backed President Kenyatta’s re-election were swallowed to form Jubilee Party prior to the 2017 elections.

TWO CAMPS

And following fallout in Jubilee Party that has seen formation of two main camps, one coalescing around President Kenyatta and the other backing Deputy President William Ruto to succeed him, PNU is becoming a darling of many leaders especially from Mt Kenya who now want to be associated with it.

Wednesday, PNU Secretary-General John Okemwa said some 5,800 members are expected to attend the National Delegates Conference (NDC) at Kasarani.

“We have also invited friends of PNU like Governor Ndiritu Muriithi, MP Jeremiah Kioni and Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya who is our former party leader,” Mr Okemwa told the Nation on phone.

He said the polls are to be supervised by the Registrar of Political Parties as per political parties tribunal recommendation to help end wrangles in the party.

“We want to do the NDC once and for all and go back and campaign vigorously to bring back the image of PNU under our slogan Kazi iendelee (let work continue),” Mr Okemwa said, adding that the party fully backs President Kenyatta’s development agenda.

He added: “The NDC agenda is to have new National Executive Council officials.”

The PNU polls come at a time when major parties in the country are on revival plans ahead of 2022 elections.

The campaigns have started early due to high political stakes in 2022 ostensibly because a major political transition—of similar proportions as the one of 2002—is in the offing as the country will be electing a new President.

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