A group of Democratic Party (DP) grass root leaders and aspirants in Embu have defended party leader Justin Muturi’s move of entering into a coalition agreement with Kenya Kwanza Alliance.
This comes days after a group of party members opposed the move by Muturi of joining forces with Kenya Kwanza, saying it was contrary to the party’s resolution reached at National Delegates Convention (NDC) to the effect that it was not going to join any coalition before the August 9 General Election.
Consequently, the trio of Wambugu Nyamu, Daniel Munene and King’ori Choto wrote to the Registrar of Political Parties calling for the rejection of the signed coalition documents.
However, the Embu leaders who issued a press briefing in Embu Town on Tuesday said the move was in order as the party top brass and members were consulted before signing of the pact.
“We are here to confirm that the agreement was signed in the presence of party leadership including Patron Joseph Munyao, Secretary General Jacob Haji and Chairman Esau Kioni alongside select aspirants and members,” said Charles Ireri.
The leaders said they were in support of the signed agreement and were comfortable working with Kenya Kwanza Alliance even as they called for their party leader to be considered for the position of Deputy President.
“Our request is that Kenya Kwanza Alliance considers Justin Muturi for the position of Deputy President,” Ireri said, noting that he fitted the bill well given his leadership track record.
Rosemary Murugi said Muturi in his over one decade practice in leadership had not been implicated in any corruption-related scandal and was thus best suited to deputize Kenya Kwanza Alliance candidate and Deputy President William Ruto.