Mt Kenya East is shopping for its own party ahead of the next elections


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Former Embu Senator Lenny Kivuti. [Courtesy]

Mount Kenya East leaders will choose one of six parties to negotiate with.

Former Embu Senator Lenny Kivuti said the three counties, Embu, Meru and Tharaka Nithi, “no longer suffer” because of the lack of political unity that identifies with the region.

Kivuti and Meru County, 2017 Senate runner-up Mugambi Imanyara, are leading efforts to identify a political vehicle, either by adopting and renaming an existing one, or by forming a new entity.

“You decided to rename an existing company because the time to the next election is limited,” said a source from the team working on the project.

Kivuti said the ruling anniversary party was no longer favorable to them, adding that the region felt excluded from national appointments, hence the need for a “separate” strong political party.

“We had the bus party – the Alliance Party of Kenya – and we regret selling it,” he said.

He added that Mount Kenya East continued to miss government meetings because it did not have a party of its own.

“Parties are the engines of negotiation and Mt Kenya East must remain united as a bloc to determine the path for our people,” said Kivuti.

The former senator said after getting his party they would try to form a coalition with like-minded people and other political connections.

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi and Governors Kiraitu Murungi (Meru), Muthomi Njuki (Tharaka Nithi) and Martin Wambora (Embu) are among the leaders advocating the new formation.

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