Moses Kuria Poaches Uhuru Aide to Manage His Party

  • Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria has appointed one of President Uhuru Kenyatta's close aide, Machel Waikenda, to manage his party, Chama cha Kazi, ahead of the 2022 General Election.

    In a statement seen by Kenyans.co.ke, Waikenda, the current State House Director of Political and Intergovernmental Affairs, will resign in order to assume his new role as the Chairman of the party's National Elections Board.

    Kuria noted that Waikenda would preside over the nominations exercise to pick the party candidates as the country gears towards the next General Election. 

    Dr Machel Waikenda addresses a gathering at a function in Kiambu County on May 23, 2020
    Dr Machel Waikenda addresses a gathering at a function in Kiambu County on May 23, 2020
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    "This appointment is in line with the party's Constitution and Nomination Rules and Regulations that were approved by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and the Office of Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP)."

    Waikenda's education background extends to a PhD in strategy from United States International University Africa (USIU-Africa), a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida. 

    Previously, he has served as the County Executive Committee member in charge of Youth Affairs, Sports and Communications in the County Government of Kiambu. 

    Waikenda's close ties with Uhuru dates back to 2013 General Election where he was the director of Communications in The National Alliance (TNA). Prior to that, he was a pilot with Kenya's flag carrier airline. 

    "We wish Waikenda the best of success in this very significant national calling," read part of the party's statement.

    The news comes as Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga picked Laikipia Governor Ndiritu Muriithi , nephew to former President Mwai Kibaki, to chair his campaign board.

    Raila pointed out that Muriithi had amassed a lot of experience in the financial markets- bringing on board over 29 years of experience in leadership and management. 

    "Governor Murithi was instrumental in the drive to have the derelict Nairobi-Nanyuki and Gilgil-Nyahururu railway lines rehabilitated. He is the current finance, planning, and economic affairs committee chairperson of the Council of Governors elected in January 2021,"read part of the ODM statement.