No tick­ets for cor­rupt as­pi­rants, money not our pri­or­ity, says PTP leader Katuku

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Rift Valley -

The Peo­ple’s Trust Party will not is­sue di­rect tick­ets to as­pi­rants. In­stead, it will leave it to vot­ers to elect can­di­dates. Party leader Mu­tua Katuku said they will con­sider peo­ple with in­tegrity, the youth, those from the marginalised groups and women. The for­mer Mwala MP spoke in Ki­tale town on Sun­day, when he opened the party’s Trans Nzoia of­fice. “If a per­son is rich, but his wealth is ques­tioned or linked to cor­rup­tion, our party will not is­sue him a cer­tifi­cate,” Katuku said. Sec­re­tary gen­eral Joseph Mathuku said, “Money is not a pri­or­ity.” The party was launched on Oc­to­ber 18. It has opened of­fices in 30 coun­ties. The law re­quires that a po­lit­i­cal party at least opens of­fices in 24 coun­ties. Katuku said the party in­tends to of­fer gen­er­a­tional change in lead­er­ship and pol­i­tics. He said the birth of PTP was in­formed by the need to ex­pand Kenya’s demo­cratic space.

/NI­CHOLAS WA­MALWA

Peo­ple’s Trust Party leader Mu­tua Katuku (in cap) opens an of­fice in Ki­tale town on Sun­day

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