Political aspirants threaten to quit Jubilee
20 August 2016, 22:37
Nyeri - Political seats aspirants in Nyeri County have threatened to quit Jubilee Party for fear that the nomination process will not be fair.
The group under the auspices of Nyeri Aspirants Forum hinted at joining an alternative party in the run up to the 2017 general elections.
Their chairman, Machira Gichohi who is seeking to unseat Governor Nderitu Gachagua, said party hoping is majorly caused by irregularities marring the primaries.
Gachagua has already dissolved his Grand National Unity (GNU) party to join the newly formed Jubilee Party which is set to be launched on September 10 at Kasarani stadium.
Gichohi said the aspirants should be involved in the selection of delegates to attend the Kasarani conference, as he complained that the exercise has been left to incumbents only.
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“We are fearful that the nomination process won’t be transparent if things are left the way they are; that is if aspirants won’t be fully involved. We are praying for our full involvement in the party knowing very well that a politician without an option is not a politician," said Gichohi during a press conference at Green Hills hotel.
He was echoed by Senator aspirant Wambugu Nyamu, who said the incumbents are getting undue advantage of becoming automatic members of the Party leadership team.
He termed the move as undemocratic, arguing that the aspirants should be given equal representation even in formation of party’s elections board.
“We urge those entrusted in the national Jubilee Party office to make sure that the values of level playground of all contestants and free and fair nomination process is realized. This will only be achieved by incorporating not only the incumbents but aspirants in the formation of this party,” noted Nyamu.
The aspirants however welcomed use of Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in conducting party primaries.
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