Africa-Press – Kenya. Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses has Kuria has set precedent by barring candidates seeking nominations on his Chama Cha Kazi (CCK) affiliated party in the upcoming General Elections.
Kuria through his social media page on Wednesday, October 13, made it clear that all aspirants seeking to vie on CCK tickets for Members of County Assemblies (MCAs) seats and are above 45 years of age will be locked out. The move by the party which was recently registered is set to pave way for younger people to scale up the leadership ladder in the party.
“Bad news if you are over 45 years and seeking to vie for MCA position. Chama Cha Kazi will not nominate anyone above 45 years to vie for MCA position. Let’s walk the talk,” Kuria wrote.
The party’s decision to set the age limit on aspirants seeking to vie is likely to set a new precedent. According to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), age is not a requirement.
IEBC in their requirements majorly focuses on one being a Kenyan citizen, must be a registered voter, must be a public officer among other requirements. The commission goes further to give limits to some of the elective positions including that of the President and governors which is pegged at a two-terms.
Kuria has been popularizing Chama Cha Kazi whose motto is “Kazi Pesa Umoja” after falling out with the People’s Empowerment Party, which clinched Juja parliamentary by-election on May 19. The party was formed with the intention of pushing for the dignity of work, sanctity of enterprises, and unity in diversity.
To prove his focus and determination to building the party to become a national outfit, the outspoken lawmaker even stated that he will not be vying in 2022. He even went ahead to give a detailed plan of how the party is planning to eliminate the Ksh6 trillion public debt.
“In this season of high politics, remember we will not start a new country from the scratch. We will continue collecting Ksh2.6 trillion in tax revenues, spending Ksh1.5 trillion in salaries, Ksh1 trillion in debt servicing, and the balance of Ksh100 billion in pensions,” highlighted the legislator.
“Without borrowing, we will not have a single penny for development. Any candidate or party presenting an economic model must start by presenting to you a solid plan for eliminating the Ksh6 trillion public debt.”
The lawmaker has further clashed with other Mt Kenya leaders who were pushing to scrap their political parties and combine forces to form one outfit.