NAIROBI, Kenya, May 17 – Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju has dismissed a report by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) released Monday which indicated that 59 per cent of all bribery cases reported during party primaries occurred in the party’s strongholds.
Tuju who spoke at the party headquarters in Pangani on Tuesday said the study by KNCHR was a sham and misuse of taxpayers’ resources, as he faulted the science behind the figures.
“I don’t know how specifically you can talk about a process we conducted in 21,000 polling stations involving over 8,000 aspirants by making a verdict based on some 180 cases,” Tuju posed.
“The findings cannot be valid and I challenge them to give us the sampling size and the methodology they used then we can comment on the study. In the absence of that, it is simply hogwash,” he said.
According to the report conducted in 224 centres across 33 counties by 84 commission monitors, Jubilee recorded a majority of bribery cases (59 per cent) with ODM following in the second position at 25 per cent.
The report tagged “The Fallacious Vote” also showed that the Amani National Congress (ANC) and the Forum for Restoration of Democracy – Kenya (FORD-K), both allied to the National Super Alliance accounted for 8 per cent of bribery cases during nominations.
Perceived ODM regions, on the other hand, led the number of cases of violence reported at 53 per cent followed by regions affiliated to the ruling party which recorded 35 per cent of all the incidences reported.
ANC and FORD-K accounted for six per cent of the cases of violence reported according to the KNCHR study.
Tuju pointed out that the party was committed to safeguarding internal party democracy saying the party will not hesitate to take disciplinary action against members who undermine internal party democracy.
A total of 12 cases of bribery were reported in Bungoma, Nairobi, Garissa, Kirinyaga, Kisumu, Kwale, Meru, Migori and Mombasa with cases of manipulation of voters also said to have occurred in some areas.
In Kirinyaga for instance, former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru was photographed casting her ballot on a ballot box placed on a desk she donated in 2014.
According to the commission, the desk which had her name inscribed on it as the donor could have manipulated voters to vote for her.