Investigations conducted by The Weekly Vision Online show that most of the so-called delegates were handpicked individuals from different towns across the country, they were promised food, accommodation and Ksh. 5000 each
Kenya’s oldest post-independence party KANU may brag about being the first political party to hold an AGM ahead of the 2022 general elections, but questions have emerged on whether the people who attended the Bomas event were bonafide delegates.
According to investigations conducted by The Weekly Vision Online, most of the so-called delegates were handpicked individuals from different towns across the country who were promised food, accommodation and Ksh. 5000 each. All appeared to be going well until the event ended with the crowning of Gideon Moi as KANU’s presidential flag-bearer in the 2022 poll.
Many of the “delegates” from Bomet, Kericho, Nandi, Baringo and Elgeyo Marakwet found themselves in a tight spot after the event, with no food, accommodation or even transport to travel back to their respective homes.
A delegate who spoke to The Weekly Vision Online claimed the KANU AGM was “illegal” as no grassroots elections had been conducted as per the party constitution
Attempts to reach their sponsors who had facilitated transport to Nairobi were fruitless as phones were switched off, the group spent a cold night at Jeevanjee gardens cursing event organisers for duping them.
The delegates who spoke to The Weekly Vision Online claimed the KANU AGM was “illegal” as no grassroots elections had been conducted as per the party constitution. Further to this, there was no vetting through party membership and voters register saying the whole thing was hurriedly staged.
The stranded ‘delegates’ were forced to appeal to deputy president William Ruto to bail them out of their predicament after some of them were arrested by police officers from Central Police station for breaking the Covid-19 curfew protocol “loitering”.
A group led by David Kipkorir has vowed to move to court to challenge the election of Gideon Moi as the party’s presidential flagbearer claiming that the process was “illegal” and that Mr Moi was in office after abrogating the party constitution.
DP Ruto is said to have forked out Ksh. 50,000 as transport for the group urging them to be part of the “winning hustler team” The group lamented that KANU which used to have branch offices across the whole country with officials is today a pale shadow of its former self adding that it has started on the wrong foot in its quest for power next year.
KANU was the undisputed ruling party in Kenya for three decades and virtually all Kenyan leaders in other parties were once members in the “mama na baba” party that Moi was claimed had “its owners” (wenyewe).
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