, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 3 – Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has dismissed claims that he is planning to quit the Jubilee Party.
Mbugua who spoke shortly after attending a hearing at the party headquarters on Tuesday told Capital FM News that the tribunal had given him an opportunity to argue out his case thus he was confident that the tribunal handling the appeal challenging the victory of his main challenger Lee Kinyanjui in the recently concluded primaries, will issue a fair verdict.
“As far as the tribunal is concerned, they have done their work and I hope it will be fair and judicious in giving an outcome,” Mbugua said.
According to the final tally released by the party, the governor lost to former National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) Chairperson Lee Kinyanjui who garnered 216,581 against his 150,137.
Kinyanjui who also served as Nakuru Town MP outpaced the incumbent in 10 out of 11 constituencies including Mbugua’s perceived strongholds of Naivasha, Molo, Kuresoi North and South.
Mbugua however told Capital FM News that he will consult his supporters once a ruling is made on Friday before determining his next move.
“I am sure the electorate are waiting for me so that we can sit down and (they can) advise me on the political way forward,” he said.
“Unless I get the advice of the people of Nakuru, I may not at this time talk about ditching the party until I am guided by the people of Nakuru whose decision I will abide by,” he added.
Kinyanjui similarly exuded confidence in the tribunal’s ability to conduct a fair hearing saying he was optimistic that the verdict will reflect the will of the people.
“The issues that were raised have no basis because the process was largely fair but we appreciate that in a democratic process people who want to be heard will be heard,” Kinyanjui said after a session with the tribunal on Tuesday.
According to Kinyanjui, the huge turnout witnessed during the nominations in the county was a reflection of a thirst for change.
If elected, Kinyanjui said he would “transform” the county which he argues has lost its glory under Mbugua’s watch.