The new Kirinyaga Kanu chairman, retired accountant Sammy Kanyuira

Kirinyaga Kanu branch has replaced their chairperson John Ngure Gathangu accusing him of various malpractices.

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Gathangu was replaced by a retired accountant Sammy Kanyuira who also doubles as a grass-root mobilizer in the county on an interim basis.

A senior branch official Wachira Karumbu claimed the ousted chairman had for a long time portrayed the party in a negative light.

Karumbu spoke to the media moments after the Ndia party, held an emergency meeting and kicked out Gathangu as the sub-county Vice Chairman.

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Gathungu’s place at the sub-county level was immediately taken over by Joyce Wamaitha who vowed to ensure the party was revitalized to be able to compete with others come the 2022 general elections.

“This is the time to make the party visible both locally and nationally and we are committed to doing just that in order to propel Kanu to greater heights of prosperity,’’ Wamaitha said.

Contacted for comment later, Gathungu dismissed the move as inconsequential and maintained he was still legally in office. “These people claiming to have ousted me from office are just like a toddler who starts to play around with its mother once it starts crawling,” he said.

Ndia Sub-branch Chair Stephen Gicorio who initiated the move to sack the chairman accusing him of collecting thousands of shillings from the public under the guise of party recruitment

Kanyuira on the other hand said since he has what it takes to be a leader he will change the negative image of the party created by his predecessor for the better.

“I am literate, digital compliant, well versed with public leadership and mass mobilization which after just a few days will make our party regain its lost glory under Gathungu’s leadership,” he vowed.

Sub-branch chair Stephen Gicorio wondered what would happen to the thousands of shillings Gathungu had been collecting from the public under the guise of party recruitment fee.

“We are aware some members of the public had paid to Gathungu between Ksh 5000 to Ksh 20,000 meant to have them enrolled as Kanu members but there is nothing to show this in our official records,” Gicorio claimed.

He said they have already informed the head office of the misdemeanour and he should be made to refund the monies.



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