NAIROBI, Kenya Mar 8 – President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto have made it clear that they will not favour any aspirant seeking nomination in the Jubilee Party ticket, but assured that they will not abandon those who will lose.
Over 8000 applicants have been cleared for Jubilee party nominations scheduled to take place on April 21, in what promises to be a grueling competition among aspirants vying for different seats.
The party secretariat says that unlike their main competitor, “NASA that seems to be a mongrel without definite outlook and which has been swallowing back progressive players to see the re birth of ODM, Jubilee party will instead be practicing Democratic Nomination processes.”
“President Kenyatta has said that he has no power to decide on who will get the Jubilee Party ticket ahead of the 2017 polls, but said he will not abandon those who lose in the nominations,” a statement from the party headquarters attributed to Jubilee Deputy Chairman David Murathe said.
In their recent tours of various parts of the country lately, President Kenyatta and his Deputy have insisted that “there will be no favorites and all aspirants must mobilize their delegates to vote for them during the nominations.”
Jubilee has criticized the “handing of 400 direct nominations to ODM aspirants is a clear indication of lack of democratization of party processes.”
“The jubilee Secretariat is calling on NASA to follow suite and institute a secretariat and stop duping Kenyans that the alliance is alive when indeed what it appears to be is a conduit to have Raila becomes the automatic presidential nominee without joint a nomination process,” Murathe said in the statement.
The direct nominations handed to ODM candidates—including eight governors—have sparked a major controversy with some candidates threatening to ditch the Raila Odinga-led party, and is blamed for chaos that have rocked the party in recent weeks including shootings witnessed in Migori and the party headquarters in Nairobi.
President Kenyatta and his Deputy Ruto who were campaigning in Narok on Friday said the Opposition had killed democracy by selecting their flag bearer in board room meetings instead of giving their supporters a chance to decide.
“They have no plan and have failed to show leadership even in the past when they served in government,” Ruto said, as President Kenyatta urged supporters “to vote a Jubilee Party leadership in a “six-piece” on election day while referring to the President, Governor, Senator, Woman Rep, MPs and MCAs.