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Kuria labels disgraceful Kajiado Central loss

18 March 2015, 15:38 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has labelled Jubilee Alliance Party JAP loss in the Kajiado Central by election disgraceful.

The party lost the recent by election to the Orange Democratic Movement ODM Monday, a loss that Kuria has described as one he would like to quickly forget.

He also termed the manner in which the party handled the elections as unsatisfactory.

" We were not properly organized in the elections and that is why we lost," he said of the election.

" It was not a good occurrence and we are not happy but it is a lesson for other elections in future," he added.

The newly elected Kajiado Central MP-elect Memusi Kanchori won the Monday poll after trouncing his rival Patrick Tutui of the Jubilee Alliance Party JAP with 16,008 votes to 15,508.

Prior to the election, Memusi was a Jubilee member and only shifted to the ODM camp after he cried foul over the nomination process that saw Tutui declared winner and Kuria alluded to the fact that in future things will be done better.

" There were mistakes made in this process but the party is young and lessons will be learnt," he added.

The small loss to the Orange Democratic Movement ODM in the poll will come as absolutely no consolation to the party and especially the fact that it had been deemed the inception of the newly former JAP.

Added to the fact that the winner,  Elijah Memusi Kanchori was a former Jubilee candidate and only decamped to ODM at the last minute will be even more painful to JAP.

The by election was also deemed as a personal battle between president Uhuru Kenyatta and CORD leader Raila Odinga and the loss will thus be a big hit to the party.

Losing to the opposition and especially with all the government machinery on show during the campaigns will disappoint the Jubilee hierarchy.

" They will be hurting badly after the loss. It was a series of blunders from JAP," Narok based political sciences lecturer Unai Ntororo told News24.

" It all started in the primaries and their calculation as to who was the better candidate. They should have known that Memusi was the more popular one."

" Then the campaigns were not well handled. CORD leaders were all there and Raila spent over 10 days in total in Kajiado Central. They wanted it more and even the voters felt it.

" The support Memusi received from Orange House was nothing short of phenomenal and they deserved the win," he added.

JAP MPs admit that there were problems with the elections but insist that the party, which has been received with mixed reviews will eventually come good.

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