Aspiring Meru Senator Naftaly Kathurima has appealed to the youthful population to shun divisive politics and instead vote in leaders who will restore the integrity of service delivery to the citizens.
“I would call it the sanitization of our politics in Meru. Everyone can now see that a new way of thinking is necessary to clean up our county politics from divisive elements.” says Hon. Kathurima.
Hon. Kathurima is the Jubilee candidate for the Meru Senatorial seat in the August 9 polls, and will facing Kathuri Murungi (UDA), Kaberia Arimba (DEP alias Mbus) and former Meru FM presenter Captain Goddie (Independent) among other candidates.
Having overwhelmingly won the seat in 2017 on a Jubilee ticket, the current Senator Mithika Linturi has already declared his interest in the Governor’s seat, leaving the race to a number of new entrants.
Linturi garnered 308,690 votes in 2017, against his closest rival Mugambi Imanyara of PNU who got 183,263 votes.
Kathurima believes he is the right man to represent the County in the Senate, citing his prowess and close association with the people as key ingredients in his leadership.
The former student leader at Kenyatta University is a close associate of Agriculture CS Peter Munya, and is a former PNU Youth Leader.
“Earlier today I talked to CS Hon Peter Munya and Governor Kiraitu Murungi , expressed my interest for the top seat, Senator, and I got the go ahead I needed so much.” Kathurima said earlier this month.
Hon. Kathurima Naftaly is a businessman based in Nairobi, an alumni of Barenta Primary School and Burieruri Boys in Meru County. After his University education at Kenyatta University, he had a short stunt at the Co-operative Bank of Kenya, before leaving for business.
He joined active politics in 2015, seeking the Igembe North parliamentary seat. He was later nominated as Kinoti Gatobu’s runningmate.
Kinoti Gatobu was a gubernatorial candidate in the 2017 general election who shelved his ambition in the dying moments of the campaign season in favor of Governor Kiraitu Murungi.
Kathurima has been on the forefront in fighting for the interests of miraa farmers and is a proponent of miraa cooperatives. He is currently the Director or Mwenge Miraa SACCO.
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