Saturday, November 15, 2008

Karua endorsed as Narc Kenya boss

Justice and constitutional affairs minister Martha Karua. Photo/FILE 

By MUCHEMI WACHIRA

Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs minister Martha Karua was on Saturday elected the Narc Kenya national chairperson unopposed.

She immediately declared her commitment to fight for the presidency in 2012.

There was virtually no competitive election during the party’s national delegates’ convention at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi as all the officials including Ms Karua were being endorsed.

However, no one came out to oppose Ms Karua. And this was the same with assistant ministers Danson Mungatana, Asman Kamama and all the other national officials.

Mr Mungatana, who has been acting as the party’s organising secretary, became the new secretary-general while Mr Kamama was elected Ms Karua’s deputy. Mr Kamama has been acting as the secretary-general.

There was disapproval from majority of the delegates when the returning officer, Mr Kamau Wambugu, announced Mrs Alice Wahome of Central Province as the deputy secretary-general.

She was the only candidate who had returned her nomination papers, Mr Wambugu said, amid shouts of disapproval. Some delegates, especially those from Nyanza Province, felt that the seat should not go to Central Kenya.

Delegates from Nyeri on the other hand claimed Mr Duncan Mathenge had presented his nomination papers and wondered why his name was left out.

At one time chaos broke out when a section of Nyanza delegates left their seats to demand the deputy secretary’s seat.

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