Kenya's Magufuli, City Lawyer Unveil New Party

  • City lawyer Riziki Dunstan, one of the founders of the National Reconstruction Alliance (NRA) party
    City lawyer Riziki Dunstan, one of the founders of the National Reconstruction Alliance (NRA) party
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  • A Kenyan youth who shares a name with Tanzania President John Magufuli is seeking to make a name  in the country’s political scene after he launched a political party. 

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke on Tuesday, January 19, Kenya’s Amemba Magufuli stated that The National Reconstruction Alliance (NRA) was formed with the help of his colleagues Riziki Dunstan and Fredrick Ojiambo.

    Magufuli, the NRA Secretary General said that the party’s headquarters are in Ngong - Matasia but has opened offices in at least 41 counties.

    The National Reconstruction Alliance (NRA) headquarters in Ngong Matasia
    The National Reconstruction Alliance (NRA) headquarters in Ngong Matasia
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    NRA boasts of being a youthful party, with the majority of its national officials and founders being 35 years and below.

    National Reconstruction Alliance (NRA) Secretary General Amemba Magufuli
    National Reconstruction Alliance (NRA) Secretary General Amemba Magufuli
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    The party slogan ‘Mwamko Mpya' was chosen to signal a new dawn for Kenya as the party prepares to participate in the upcoming General Election in 2022. 

    "NRA is and shall remain a people’s party, as you see its founders none is a billionaire, none is a fake hustler, NRA is a party for the average Kenyan from humble backgrounds but who believe in the beauty of their ideas.

    “NRA is a party registered by young ambitious Kenyans who want a newly reconstructed Kenya for all of us. Kenya is a rich nation but we have been taken aback by the corrupt and bad leadership, we want to sound a warning shot to the corrupt as a party we shall not tolerate and accommodate the corrupt, we shall fight them at all levels of government by all means,” he stated. 

    Magufuli emphasised on the need for young people to participate in politics, with his co-founder Riziki adding: “We need young people to be able to believe in themselves and understand the need to reconstruct our nation and transform Kenya into a country where all of us can enjoy our nationhood, our youths can have jobs, our youths can get business opportunities just like any other person."

    NRA is organising internal party structures as it prepares for the official launch in March or April.

    Political scientists have termed the period between now and 2022 as a training period for politics which is characterised by the emergence of new political parties and alliances between politicians

    However, Ojiambo one of NRA’s founders currently based in the US challenged that "NRA is not a political vehicle but rather our vision is to build political institutions that will outlive its founders”.

    The NRA party is also planning to field a candidate in the presidential election in 2022. 

    National Reconstruction Alliance (NRA) officials at the party's Meru branch
    National Reconstruction Alliance (NRA) officials at the party's Meru branch
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