, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 28 – The Jubilee Party has postponed the issuance of nomination certificates to all aspirants who won in the recently concluded primaries until each and every appeal is heard and determined.
Secretary General Raphael Tuju Friday told the media the exercise meant to begin on April 28 had been put on hold as the party embarked on the process of hearing appeals challenging the outcome of the nominations.
“We have actually postponed the handing over of any certificates. We’re going through the whole process very carefully because we want don’t want to make any mistakes,” Tuju said.
“We were supposed to be ready today and we want to ask for the indulgence of even those who were unopposed just to be a little bit patient because we will be make an announcement when we will be issuing those certificates,” he continued.
According to the Secretary General, the party’s appeals tribunal was handling close to 90 appeals lodged by those who lost in the primaries.
“The tribunal is in session with a total of three chambers dealing with the cases and they’re being settled.”
A number of those appealing have however told the party they had done so for record purposes, Tuju saying “they are ready to move on and continue supporting the party.”
He affirmed that the appeals will be dispensed with in a fair and transparent manner, insisting that the party is committed to just and fair proceedings.
“Our process of handing out nomination certificates is very thorough because we want to be sure there’s no appeal and that figures are such that there’s no dispute or even if there’s a dispute the benefit of doubt is such that you have really won the nomination,” he said.
A circular released earlier by the party indicated that unopposed candidates were to collect their certificates Friday, with those who went through the nomination exercise doing so between April 29 and May 2.
Among unopposed candidates expected to be issued with nomination certificates are National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale (MP Garissa Township), Bungoma Governor Ken Lusaka and Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi (gubernatorial aspirant).
Others are Deputy President William Ruto’s ally in the Coast Region Gideon Mung’aro (MP Kilifi North), Taita Taveta gubernatorial aspirant Senator Dan Mwazo, Mandera Governor Ali Roba, Garissa Senator Yusuf, Mithika Linturi (MP Igembe South), Aden Keynan (MP Eldas) and Ben Washiali (MP Mumias East).