Tears, shattered dreams in Nakuru as Jubilee Party issues certificates

Nakuru Jubilee Party

In a move that left thousands of dreams shattered, the Jubilee Party yesterday handed out its “nomination” certificates to its flagbearers.

The move by the ruling party which is currently a shell of its former self risks losing the little ground it had gained in the last few months. This is due to what most of the aspiring candidates described as an “unfair, skewed and undemocratic  process.”

In Nakuru County, Governor Lee Kinyanjui who founded and vowed to use that to defend his seat was handed the gubernatorial certificate. His opponents in the party who had expected a fair process and had spent millions were left high and dry nursing wounds of unfair treatment and betrayal.

In the senate seat, Thomas Mwangi who was a few months ago caught on camera throwing fists at the outgoing chairman, David Manyara, was denied the certificate. The certificate was handed to lawyer Lawrence Karanja who until recently was a CAS in the ministry of industrialization. The other hopeful who lost out on the jubilee ticket is former teacher Mwalimu Gachohi.

Another outgoing CAS who received his certificate was Nelson Gaichuhie who once served as Subukia MP before being floored by Samuel Gachobe. For the Woman Rep seat, Agnes Njambi who gave a good showing in 2017 was picked in favour over Saida Chesang the self-declared hater of the UDA party and the youthful Rehema Njeri. But all is not lost for Rehema since her elder brother, Hamisi Mohammed was picked to fly the jubilee flag in Rhoda ward.

In Naivasha, John Nguthiru, a perennial loser was favoured over the youthful and charismatic Viwandani ward MCA Eric Gichuki. The nominee is not strong politically and rumours are rife that he was picked by governor Lee Kinyanjui to give Jayne Kihara an easy ride. In return, Kihara will support Lee for governor despite them being in different parties.

In Njoro, former MP Joseph Kiuna whom many described as tribal was awarded the Jubilee Party certificate. Kiuna’s utterances sometimes border on tribal hate speech and it will be interesting to see how he fairs in particular areas of the expansive Sub-county.

An interesting pick was the Kuresoi South MP aspirant. Peter Kiplang’at Cheruiyot aka Mtumishi was picked to face it off with the current MP Joseph Tonui who is vying on a UDA ticket. Others who received certificates were Irene Njoki (Bahati), former MP Nderitu Mathenge (Gilgil), MP Samuel Arama (Nakuru Town West) and former Mayor Boniface Mwangi (Nakuru Town East). Mwangi will be having an uphill task against the mercurial two-time MP, David Gikaria.

In Molo, Zachary Gichuki was nominated leaving the flip-flopping former MP Jacob Macharia in the cold. Others are Joel Ayieni (Kuresoi North) and Andrew Kibet (Rongai). A titanic battle is expected in Rongai as Jubilee’s Kibet and UDA’s Paul Chebor try to dislodge the soft-spoken son of former President Moi, Raymond Kipchirchir Moi, who will obviously vie on a KANU ticket.

Meanwhile, the losers continue nursing their wounds of betrayal and we can only commiserate with them. But was Justice and democracy served in Jubilee Party nominations? This quote might give you the answer, that, “There is nothing like negotiated democracy. Democracy without the involvement of the people, is as much of a fallacy like consensual rape.”

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45 Nakuru MCAs defect from Jubilee to UDA party

The 45 Nakuru MCAs who defected from Jubilee to UDA

Forty-Five (45) Nakuru County MCAs have defected from the Jubilee Party and joined the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party.

The 45 Members of the County Assembly were received by the party leader H.E. Dr William Ruto at his Karen residence and Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika. They were led by the Nakuru County Assembly Majority Leader, Moses Ndung’u and Deputy Speaker Samuel Tonui.

“With aspirants from Nakuru County led by Senator Susan Kihika. 45 MCAs led by Moses Ndung’u, Majority Leader and Samuel Tonui, Deputy Speaker defected from Jubilee to UDA,” reported the Deputy President after receiving the 45 defectors.

Also present to receive them were MPs Kithure Kindiki (Tharaka Nithi), Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu), Irungu Kang’ata (Muranga) and Charles Njagua (Starehe) were present.

UDA leaders
UDA leaders receiving Nakuru MCAs who defected from Jubilee to UDA

With a total of 78 MCAs)55 elected and 23 nominated) the 45 represent more than 80% of the elected MCAs in Nakuru County.

MCA Karanja Mariamu defects from Jubilee to UDA
MCA Karanja Mariamu among 45 Nakuru MCAs who defected from Jubilee to UDA

Their defection to UDA shows the direction Nakuru County politics is taking with the majority of the voters leaning towards the UDA party. Nakuru County is also one of the leading counties with the most registered UDA party members.

The Nakuru Senator, Susan Kihika has been pivotal in the growth of the UDA party in Nakuru. She spearhead the membership drive on top of campaigning for London Ward MCA Nzuki Wachira who was the first-ever political leader elected on a UDA ticket.

Nakuru’s Jubilee Party official claims Tangatangas behind Murathe’s woes

Nakuru Jubilee Party Branch Secretary-General Mtumishi Cheruiyot has come out in defence of Vice Chair David Murathe over corruption allegations.

In a statement to newsrooms on Wednesday,the Nakuru Jubilee Party SG has pointed an accusing finger at Jubilee Party members allied to Tangatanga wing.

Mtumishi has sent a stern warning to Tangatanga brigade accusing them of trying to stage a coup in the Jubilee Party.

“Tangatanga brigade after failing to stage acoup in the Jubilee Party have trained their guns in individuals. The corruption allegations against our undisputed vice chairman David murathe is orchestrated by a section allied to Deputy President William Ruto” he said.

Mtumishi says Kenyans are aware of Lords of corruption.

According to Mtumishi Cheruiyot,” it’s not list to Kenyans  that there are leaders in this country whose second names is *graft*. They will resort to anything to malign others to balance off their stinking graft allegations”.

Meanwhile,he has affirmed that Jubilee Nakuru Branch supports the process of audit to identify those involved in the embezzlement of the taxpayer’s money.

Cheruiyot adds that those found culpable must be arraigned in court and charged according to the law.

Already,the President has ordered the DPP and EACC to carry out an investigation.

Cheruiyot says, “As we wait for the conclusion the noise markers aligned to the DP should spear us the hubris and know that they owe Kenya explanation for the alleged graft allegations against some of them, including NYS I, Itare Dam, Kenya Pipeline saga, Kplc scandal, Arror & Kimwarer Dam. They are the least to advice us on the matters corruption after blundering this country”.

Bahati MP weighs in on ongoing wrangles within Jubilee party

Bahati Member of Parliament Onesmus Kimani Ngunjiri has weighed in on the ongoing Jubilee wrangles.

Addressing media in Nakuru, Ngunjiri said the Party has mechanisms and guidelines that should be adhered to.

“The Party has mechanisms and guidelines and this is what should be followed to avert the wrangles” said Ngunjiri.

The vocal Nakuru Legislator has also slammed COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli for attacking Jubilee Party as well as the Deputy President William Ruto during the Labour Day celebrations.

Ngunjiri says the wrangles in Jubilee Party can only come to a halt if the President will crack the whip and say no to all the sideshows.

He says the wrangles can be stopped with just one utterance from President  Uhuru  Kenyatta who is also the Jubilee Party Leader.

“All that is happening within Jubilee can be put to an end by just a word from the President who is also the party leader” said Ngunjiri.

His sentiments coming just two days after  Secretary General Raphael Tuju published the contested list of National Management Committee members.

Tuju published the names in a local daily on May 2.

They are Lucy Nyaguthii Macharia, Marete Marangu, Walter Nyambati, Jane Nampaso and James Waweru.

Deputy secretary Caleb Kositany, an ally of Deputy President William Ruto,  accused Tuju of disregarding their wishes and breaking the law for the second time.

He said the Registrar of Political Parties wrote to Tuju asking him to activate the party’s dispute resolution mechanisms when the list was disputed, but he did not.

He maintained that the names as illegal since the people on the list are not members of the NEC.

Kositany insisted that they will continue to demand for a dispute resolution meeting to resolve the matter.

Kositany further dismissed as fake a list of Jubilee MPs who have been invited to State House on Tuesday.

The list doing round on social media indicates 58 MPs have been invited by Uhuru for a meeting and none of the legislators allied to Ruto are in it.

Youth leader weighs in on the drift in Jubilee Party

Nakuru Youth a d Governance Chairman Daniel Kimani (sitted).PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Nakuru Youth and Governance Chairman Daniel Kimani has called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene in the ongoing drift within Jubilee Party.

In a phone interview,Kimani said the President who is also the party leader should now act.

He noted that the changes within the Jubilee Party should come after consultations.

According to Kimani,changes in the party officials should only come after National Executive Council meeting and the election of new members to represent each county.

While noting that youths are the majority members,the Nakuru youth and Governance Chairman says the Jubilee Party should also ensure more youths take up the leadership.

“Being that majority of members are youths,we want the party to ensure youths take over leadership with immediate effect” said Kimani.

According to Kimani,if this does not take place,then as youths they will take their position.

He adds that the youths are capable of of forming  their own political party.

“The aim of creating Jubilee Party was to include everyone in the party and the youths should lest we march out and form our own political party” he said.

Jubilee Vice-chair David Murathe resigns

David Murathe, the Jubilee Party Vice-Chair has resigned from the post.

The former Gatanga MP who lost his seat to Peter Kenneth in 2002 resigned from his post earlier on Sunday saying he couldn’t continue sitting on the Party’s National Executive Council with DP Ruto.

Lately, the MP who was today described as a “political reject” by Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika has been in the frontline saying that the Deputy President has already served two terms. He has threatened to go to court to block the DP’s Presidential bid.

“Section 148 of the Constitution says nobody can run for Deputy President for more than two terms. And why does it say that? Because Section 142 also says nobody can run for President for more than two terms, and this presidency is a pair,” Murathe is quoted to have said while addressing mourners in Rarienda during the burial of Jubilee Secretary-General, Raphael Tuju’s brother, Kefa Oduor.

“If for whatever reason the president is not able to carry out his functions, who becomes the president?

“Can the President sack the DP? Can he? So in essence, if he automatically becomes President without going for the mandate of the voter, it means he is still riding on the very first mandate they were given as a pair. Then that is why he can’t run again,” argued Murathe.

David Murathe is a close friend of President Uhuru Kenyatta and many are wondering whether he’s echoing the President especially after the infamous March handshake between the President and opposition leader Raila Odinga. In 1998, as MP for Gatanga, David Murathe and Juja MP Stephen Ndichu had offered to vacate their respective seats for Uhuru Kenyatta, just as James Gichuru had vacated for the senior Kenyatta at the dawn of Independence, for him to qualify to be appointed Vice President of Kenya, and hence stand a better chance of succeeding President Moi in 2002.

Just hours before his resignation, Murathe had come under vocal assault from a number of Jubilee legislators.

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