Uncertainty grips Jubilee aspirants ahead of primaries

By KBC reporters

Uncertainty has gripped Jubilee Party aspirants in various counties ahead of the eagerly awaited nominations exercise on 21st of this month.

Runyenjes Member of Parliament Cecily Mbarire who is seeking Jubilee’s ticket for the Embu Gubernatorial seat is accusing the party’s returning officers of colluding with her opponent to rig the nominations.

She is accusing her main rival who is also the  serving Governor Martin Wambora of colluding with the nomination officials  to rig her out.

In Kajiado County, aspirants have expressed similar concerns of mal-practice in the primaries.

However Kajiado West MP Moses Sakuda is  assuring aspirants of a credible exercise.

At the coastal county of Mombasa, Jomvu MCA and parliamentary aspirant Karisa Nzai says there is a ploy by some individuals in his former ODM party to edge him out the race by including his name in the list of ODM contenders.

And supporters of Meru County Gubernatorial aspirant Kiraitu Murungi have accused incumbent Peter Munya of colluding with a pollster to mislead electorate in the county.

The youths chanting ati-Munya slogans burnt copies of a local daily that had published the story accusing the Governor of dishonesty and corruption.

The midweek survey by research firm Infotrak poll results indicated that Munya was the preferred Governor if elections were to be held today.

Jubilee has already recruited 60,000 clerks, presiding officers and returning officers who will ensure the 8,000 aspirants seeking the coveted Jubilee ticket have a level playing field.

Speaking during a training session for 300 returning officers who will oversee the nominations process, Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju warned aspirants against disrupting the exercise to be held next Friday.

Tuju says Jubilee Party will be gathering evidence of any acts of violence which will be submitted to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC so that the culprits are barred from the general elections.

The warning by the party’s top organs comes as aspirants in Jubilee strongholds express concerns over credibility of the next week’s exercise.

Officials recruited to oversee the one day event will work together with the county elections boards and results will be forwarded to the parties national executive council before being formally announced.

Fierce competition is expected in jubilee strongholds.