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Jubilee party told to conduct credible nominations

A  Murang’a senatorial aspirant Prof Peter Kagwanja have challenged Jubilee party to conduct free and fair primaries slated to take place next week.


Kagwanja who is also a scholar  expressed dissatisfaction on preparations for the party nominations slated on April 22 arguing that some party officials are likely to tamper with the exercise and issue direct tickets to some aspirants.


Speaking when he flagged more than 30 youth to join Michuki Technical Training College on Monday, the former President Mwai Kibaki’s political advisor said shambolic primaries will leave the ruling party in tatters.


“We are trying to revamp the Jubilee party but if the forthcoming primaries are poorly done, this will destroy President Uhuru Kenyatta’s party. Those thinking of issuing direct ticket to some individuals should forget that and let the Mwananchi nominate candidates they want,” he remarked.


Kagwanja will be battling for the Jubilee ticket with former senator Kembi Gitura in the party primaries.


“In past elections, party primaries led to the election of leaders who are not the people’s choice. During the time of PNU, President Kibaki got few elected leaders since the nominations were poorly conducted.


“This time we want to ensure the exercise is well done and the wish of people is reflected in the results of the nominations. The exercise is key in the process of general elections,” he averred.


He further said Jubilee party’s primaries in 2017 were also interfered with where those who were favorites to party officials were issued with tickets secretly.

Meanwhile, Kagwanja was hopeful he would win in the party primaries saying he had interacted and sought support from the locals.


“Am sure I will win in the party primaries since I have interacted and met the majority of people of Murang’a at grassroots,” he stated.


He asked people of Murang’a to elect leaders of integrity and who will protect resources made for spearhead development.


“If elected as the next Murang’a senator, no single shilling will be lost under my watch. The public funds will be used for intended purposes,” added Kagwanja.

Murang’a senatorial aspirant Peter Kagwanja (right) addressing members of press


Elsewhere, Mathioya MP aspirant Stephen Macharia who is eying for UDA ticket called for the party officials to respect the will of people in the nominations.


Macharia called upon locals to participate in the primaries saying failure to turn out will lead to poor leaders being nominated.


“I call upon residents to come out in large numbers during UDA party nominations which are slated on April 14. In the past, few people participated in the exercise,” said Macharia.


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