Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya is set to join Raila Odinga’s 2022 train using the Party of National Unity (PNU), a move likely to rekindle memories of when the two parties worked together in the Grand-Coalition government after the 2007/08 post-election violence.
After President Mwai Kibaki’s retirement, Peter Munya took over as PNU leader and used the party’s ticket to run as governor of Meru in 2013 and 2017.
According to online reports, top officials of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and PNU met on Thursday in Nairobi to put in place a solid framework that will see the two outfits get into a formal 2022 coalition agreement. The Serena hotel meeting was attended by Minority Whip Junet Mohammed, ODM SG Edwin Sifuna, Minority Leader John Mbadi, and PNU officials – John Anunda (SG), David Kamau (SG), Abdikadir Sheikh (Director of Elections).
”Earlier, we told you we had instructions from the party leader that we engage Jubilee. Now, we have instructions to engage PNU for purposes of formalising relationships between the two political parties,” ODM SG Edwin Sifuna disclosed after the Thursday meeting.
His sentiments were confirmed by his counterpart from PNU, who said the two parties’ tenure in the Grand Coalition government was the most prolific administration in history.
”It is because of the ODM-PNU working arrangement that people enjoy the Thika Super Highway and other infrastructural developments in the country as well as the free primary education and the vision 2030 programmes,” SG Anunda said.
Once formalised, PNU will join a growing list of political parties which have pledged to enter into a pre-election coalition with ODM in 2022.