, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 27 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday weighed in on the large number of politicians who’ve lost out in the party primaries.
President Kenyatta said it was a manifestation of the dissatisfaction the electorate has had with the mismanagement of public resources.
He’s therefore advised the “new crop of leaders” to be careful not to end up the same way of those they’ve left in the dust by not betraying public trust.
“Jubilee supporters and Kenyans in general have spoken and a good number of our people have lost. What the people are saying is that they are demanding greater accountability and responsibility from their leaders. But we also have to think, all these issues that we have been addressing ourselves. Issues of salaries which citizens are unhappy with, issues of these travelling MCAs and others have been doing. And I think this is the message that’s going out. That’s what the new crop of leaders must understand.”
A situation reflected, President Kenyatta said, across the board “even when you observe at the ODM primaries, it’s the same message that’s being sent out.”
The concerns of those who’ve lost out in the Jubilee Party primaries, President Kenyatta however assured, would be looked into and he pleaded with them to remain loyal to the party.
“You are still ours. Respect the people’s verdict. We will not leave you behind.”
A large number of those who currently occupy elective office, and big names at that, have lost out in the party primaries including Taita-Taveta Governor John Mruttu, Kirinyaga Governor Joseph Ndathi and Othaya Member of Parliament Mary Wambui.
Others are Rarieda Member of Parliament Nicholas Gumbo in the race to become Siaya Governor, Nyeri Town MP Esther Murugi, Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru, Deputy Minority Leader in the National Assembly Jakoyo Midiwo, Kiambu County Woman Representative Anne Nyokabi.
Baringo County Governor Benjamin Cheboi was defeated in the ongoing party primaries by Stanley Kiptis.
Also shown the door by Jubilee supporters are Baringo Central MP Sammy Mwaita and his Mogotio constituency counterpart Helen Sambili.
Kiambu Governor William Kabogo is also coming to terms with his massive loss to Kabete Member of Parliament Ferdinand Waititu.