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New political party woos supporters

Saturday February 20 2010

By SUNDAY NATION Correspondent

A little known party is waiting to reap from a possible fallout between the two main parties in the grand coalition.

The National Alliance Party of Kenya, through its leader Nginyo Kariuki, says it is preparing to attract membership from politicians and voters dissatisfied with the Orange Democratic Movement and Party of National Unity leadership.

“We aim to offer alternative leadership; to educate the people that leaders, even from the poorest of the poor, could lead this country,” said Mr Kariuki, who is the NAPK chairman.

He was speaking in Nairobi last Thursday after meeting the party’s 24 top delegates from central Kenya.

He said some wealthy leaders from the region were keen on mobilising the people into a movement similar to ODM or PNU, with the aim of marketing one of their own to be a presidential candidate in the next General Election.

Sons of the rich

“There seems to be a silent campaign to market only the sons of the rich from the province to be presidential candidates in the coming General Election. We are against this. Even people from poor families can lead this country,” he said. Mr Kariuki said most leaders in central Kenya were busy trying to identify who would lead the Gikuyu, Embu and Meru Association (Gema) ahead of the 2012 elections.

“We don’t want an individual to be a leader of the Kikuyu or Gema. We want a party that will fight for the interests of the people right from the grassroots,” Mr Kariuki said.