Embu Senator Lenny Kivuti has announced his decamping from the ruling Jubilee Party to Governor Alfred Mutua’s Maendeleo Chap Chap.
Senator Kivuti, who aims to contest for Embu governor, said he was not sure he would win the Jubilee ticket because nominations within the party were not transparent.
He added that he was also persuaded by locals, whom according to him had lost confidence in how Jubilee was running party affairs in the county.
He cited 23 Embu county MCAs who have left Jubilee for the same reason.
“I have made the decision after consulting 1,200 grassroots leaders who met at my Kanyuambora home on Sunday”, he said.
Senator Lenny Kivuti leads a long line politicians currently defecting to Maendeleo Chap Chap because of ”overcrowding” in the Jubilee Party.
Embu Deputy Governor Dorothy Nditi, Mbeere North MP Muriuki Njagagua and Kivuti’s running mate Emilio Kathuri are all joining Maendeleo Chap Chap.
Another notable defector who is close to President Uhuru Kenyatta is adviser Kilemi Mwiria.
Mwiria ditched Jubilee Party for Maendeleo Chap Chap for the same overcrowding reason saying that the move increased his chances of winning.
“My supporters have doubts about the party and have asked me to make sure I am on the ballot,” Mwiria told reporters.
“I am coming to a party which supports the President’s re-election. I am coming to a party that is not only friendly but also development-conscious,” he added.
Mwiria had lost the 2013 election to Peter Munya, who will be seeking another term in office. Other aspirants include Senator Kiraitu Murungi and Mwenda Mbijiwe.
Senator Kivuti like Kilemi Mwiria reiterated that he and other Maendeleo Chap Chap defectors will support President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election bid.
“Whatever we do we shall support Uhuru since we have no problem with him and we shall vote for him,” Kivuti stated.