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Tuju: We asked Uhuru to postpone trips for party’s sake

Speaking during a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Tuju indicated that many of the politicians come from the areas that President Kenyatta was scheduled to visit/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 28 – Jubilee’s Secretary General Raphael Tuju says the party requested President Uhuru Kenyatta to postpone his campaign tours to enable aspirants to verify their details ahead of the nominations scheduled for next month.

Speaking during a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Tuju indicated that many of the politicians come from the areas that President Kenyatta was scheduled to visit.

He described it as a very important exercise and emphasised the need for it to be expedited ahead of the primaries.

“In the next few weeks or so we ought to have finished printing our ballot papers and many of our aspirants come from those places he wanted to visit. Due to this, we made a polite request that he could reschedule his visits so that aspirants have the opportunity to go and verify their particulars.”

He indicated that errors could be disastrous to the process leading up to the August polls.

“When we introduce the ballot papers and there are certain mistakes, there could be disaster. So it’s important for us that they actually verify that the information we have is correct so that as much as possible we minimize human errors that can happen,” he said.

He explained that during the exercise, the aspirants are to verify their details are correct and this includes their names and positions they are vying for.

“It is very important for the aspirants to come and verify first of all that their names have not been misspelt. We have a format of ballot papers, they have to check if that is their photograph for example, they have to cheek if we have made any mistake like if we have put them that they are vying for Senator while they are vying for the Governor position,” he said.

A statement from State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu stated that the President Kenyatta wants nominees to focus on the important process.

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“Yesterday, I spoke to the postponement of His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Tour of Tharaka Nithi and Meru Counties. Further to this, I would like to state that his visit to Western Kenya has also been postponed.”

He indicated that the Head of State is keen to ensure that all processes are fulfilled as required by guidelines provided for by the necessary institutions mandated to ensure a credible nominations process.

In the meantime, the Jubilee Party will send formal summons to party officials who have been named in complaints arising from the just concluded county elections board selection process across the country.

According to Tuju, incidents of violence were reported in a number of counties but aggravated assaults against party officials and damage to public property was especially witnessed in Murang’a, Nairobi, Kirinyaga and Nakuru Counties.

Tuju indicated that the summons which shall be served upon the concerned parties will set out the date, venue and time when they should defend themselves.

He named Senator Mike Sonko, Governor Mwangi Wa Iria, MP David Gikaria and Governor Joseph Ndathi as those sought.

He explained that the disciplinary committee will deal with chaos arising from the nomination process.

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