Kanu Now Bars Mungiki Aspirant

The East African Standard (Kenya), Nov. 28, 2002

Kanu has no parliamentary candidate in Laikipia West constituency, the Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK) has said.

ECK returning officer Sammy Chemoiwa said Kanu headquarters had invalidated the candidature of the controversial Mungiki sect chairman Maina Njenga to vie for the parliamentary seat.

Chemoiwa added that Kanu’s director of elections, William Ruto, had rang him at his Rumuruti offices instructing him to ignore Njenga and instead receive nomination papers for a Nyahururu-based trader Ndegwa Muruthi.

In a dramatic twist of events, Muruthi arrived at the ECK offices on Tuesday at around 5.20 pm and was time-barred as the deadline to present the papers was 5 pm.

Anxiety was high at the densely populated town when hundreds of Mungiki sect followers in a fleet of 50 vehicles who had escorted their parliamentary nominee were kept waiting for eight hours at the ECK offices where security was tight.

The candidature of the sect boss was cancelled at the eleventh hour despite having all relevant documents and further having defeated Muruthi during Kanu parliamentary nominations last Sunday.

Njenga got 19,509 while Muruthi got 1,331 votes.

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