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.”