The Party of National Unity (PNU) is already warming up for mass defections by politicians mainly from the Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP) ahead of party hopping deadline day.
Speaking in Isiolo yesterday when he opened the party offices, the party leader who also doubles up as Meru county governor and the Council of Governor’s Chair Peter Munya said that his prediction of major fall-outs due to the decision to disband political parties had come to roost with several politicians now weighing up their options ahead of inevitable defections in order to enable them fulfil their ambitions to vie for various seats during the coming general elections.
Munya said that among those who had expressed interest to join his PNU outfit include sitting governors, Senators and Members of Parliament who are not sure of a free and fair nomination exercise by JAP.
He added that several others were still not open to revealing their intentions as at now but would definitely do it soon before the party hopping deadline. He held that whoever came up with the decision was now regretting, only that they do not want to own up to the mistake since it was probably too late, terming it a very bad idea for democracy.
Governor Munya also dismissed the entry of Dr Kilemi Mwiria into the Meru Gubernatorial race on a Maendeleo Chap Chap ticket as inconsequential, adding that it would not have any significant effect to his chances of retaining his seat despite the fact that both leaders hail from the same Tigania region.
He insisted that it was very clear that there were only two horses in the race, PNU and JAP, terming the rest as mules. He said that PNU was a faster horse than Kiraitu Murungi’s JAP.
Munya and Dr Kilemi were the front runners during the last contest, with Munya slightly edging out his opponent in the ballot and later through the corridors of justice after his election was contested as irregular.