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CorrespondentPublication Date: 9/12/2007
Chama Cha Mwananchi has pitched camp in Mathira Division of Nyeri North District to woo squatters.
The Koigi wa Wamwere-led party, which opened a branch office in Karatina Town yesterday, asked the Government to settle the landless. They accused the mainstream political parties of sidelining the poor. Mr Wamwere rejected calls to join Narc Kenya to found the party.
Interim chairman James Nderitu Githae claimed the needs of poor had not been properly addressed “because the rich do not understand our problems.” Colonial villages The party promised to address the “imbalance” and bridge the gap between the rich and the poor.
Mr Githae said the party would agitate for the settlement of people who have been living in colonial villages and squatters evicted from government forests 20 years ago. Kamlesh Pattni’s Kenya Democratic Alliance (Kenda) has also inaugurated its Mathira branch office in Karatina.
An interim committee led by the branch chairman Joseph Gathee Rurige, who has declared his intention to vie for the Mathira parliamentary seat on the party’s ticket, will popularise the outfit in the area.
Mr Pattni was last week quoted in the media as saying his party would not enter into any coalition with other outfits ahead of the General election.