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Byline: Gitau Warigi
President Mwai Kibaki's penchant for holding closed-door PNU meetings - invariably at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre - can lend the party the air of a boardroom outfit. It makes its plans in closed rooms, and since it never holds public rallies, those outside its political circle never know exactly what it is up to.
Even as the party embarks on recruiting members next month, the gripe among party staff is whether this boardroom approach can generate the public enthusiasm necessary for the recruitment to be a success, which is something ODM or even the Kanu of old can teach PNU.
On August 22, Kibaki chaired yet another PNU get-together at KICC, which doubled as a Parliamentary Group meeting. This time a timetable for the recruitment as well as for grassroots and national elections was agreed on.
From mid-September, the recruitment drive begins at sub-locations. (A PNU affiliates' …