Six Years on..........PNU allies finally see the true colour of FRAUD. And that is not a friendly gesture from the Iron Lady, is it?
Narc-Kenya Chairman Martha Karua (right) addresses the Press at the DP party headquarters after a meeting with other PNU affiliate parties officials in Nairobi on Wednesday. With her are Narc-Kenya secretary general Danson Mungatana, DP’s Wilfred Machage and the DP organising secretary Jacob Haji. Photo/STEPHEN MUDIARI (Nation Newspapers)
The so-called PNU allies of President Kibaki have been screaming themselves hoarse after belately discovering that their very own PNU which was supposedly and strictly a party of parties (read statehouse vehicle), has recently been carjacked (literally) by a not so hooded group of politicians led by Kibaki himself and supported by loyalists Nyamwea, Wekesa, Thuo, Mugo and the whole lot of them. (The recently enacted political parties act 2008 does not allow for corporate membership in political parties.)
The statement read by Karua’s sidekick Danson Mungatana said in part: "The PNU fraternity has a history of not respecting any agreements or MoUs like the 2002 Narc and now the failed 2007 PNU affiliate parties agreement,” It goes without saying, Kibaki is officially the only MP elected on a PNU ticket and therefore the words "PNU fraternity" are a direct reference to Kibaki himself! Where were the Mungatanas of this world when LDP were crying foul in 2003?
Former PNU Affiliate parties are upset that the president is reneging on his pre-election promise not to convert PNU into a fully fledged political party and to respect the indepence of the affiliates. The president has been declared PNU party leader and he has also gone ahead and promised grassroot elections. As expected, this has alarmed FORD-K, DP, NARC-K and SAFINA who retorted with the now familiar line "......our support in parliament should not be taken for granted.” Why should Kibaki worry about parliament? He has a diligent Prime Minister who is in charge there, right? Curiously though, only a faction of KANU led by Uhuru Kenyatta are steadfast in their support for the actions of President Kibaki.
By turning PNU into a political party, Kombo, Karua and Munyao have been left holding on to their skeleton parties since the majority of their own membership are opting to jump on to the PNU boat. But then, KKM are not alone. In the last elections, many politicians sacrificed their individual political careers the minute they took up "PNU fraternity" campaigns into their own localities. Nyachae, Tuju, Karume, Kombo, Munyao, Kibwana, Dzoro – to name but a few - all put their political lives on the line for PNU fraternity, but in the end, they were all discarded without second thought! Martha Karua gallantly defended a stolen election and was lead negotiator for the "PNU fraternity" in securing the presidency...but all indications are that she is now serving her last weeks as Justice & Constitutional Affairs Minister and soon after the forthcoming by-elections she may, at worst, find herself on the back bench and without any MPs supporting her NARC-Kenya bid for presidency. And this will be without second thought from the appointing authority.
In retrospect, one sad experience was that of former Kibwezi MP Kalembe Ndile who was last year co-opted into the "PNU fraternity" presidential campaign team only to end up losing his parliamentary seat courtesy of the ODM-K wave. And to rub it in, "PNU fraternity" immediately entered into – you guessed it – another MOU with ODM-K who were hitherto fierce opponents of the "PNU fraternity". As if this was not enough, PNU failed to nominate Kalembe to parliament or even offer him a state appointment. Kalembe then made an attempt to be re-elected to parliament through the Embakasi by-elections, but even then, PNU fraternity had their own ideas in supporting Fedinand Waititu. Thank God, Kalembe has learnt his lesson, and it is a matter of time befroe Judas Iscariot Kalonzo Musyoka experiences his at the hands of “PNU fraternity.” This also conveniently gives Madame Pauline Musyoka a while to play fake philanthropist with funds sourced from state coffers on tax payer account!
In the meantime, it is gratifying that the party in whose hands millions of Kenyans have placed their hopes – ODM – having learnt from the bitter experience of the 2003 NARC fraud, have made it impossible for the “PNU fraternity” to defraud us a second time and ensured that all agreements made were made legally binding through minor constitutional amendments.
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