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Raila’s Poll Boycott Threat a Recipe for Chaos, Warns Tuju

By Valentine Obara

Jubilee has termed the threat by opposition leader Raila Odinga to boycott the election “incitement” that could plunge the country into chaos.

Secretary-General Raphael Tuju said Mr Odinga’s ODM party, which he claimed had a resolve to sabotage the upcoming election, was responsible for the hard-line position taken by the Opposition.

The Opposition has threatened to boycott the election if the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) goes ahead with its appeal against a ruling by the High Court that presidential elections announced at the constituency level are final.

Mr Odinga said the IEBC should obey the High Court ruling and the law. It was wrong, he said, to go to the Court of Appeal to overturn the law.

He was referring to an amendment of the election law last year, requiring that announcement of presidential results be done at constituency level, which was upheld by the court. The IEBC has appealed against this.

ROLE USURPED

The electoral commission chairman is the returning officer in presidential elections and IEBC thinks his constitutional role will be usurped if constituency returning officers’ announcements are final.

It has also been argued that the national office “moderates” results or audits them for irregularities.

The Opposition views this, and other such action, as rigging of elections, adding that the role of determining the integrity of results rests with the courts.

Many in the Opposition believe that results are “cooked” at the national tallying centre.

Announcement at constituency level makes it difficult for political parties — almost all of which have seen widespread fraud in their nominations — to stuff ballot boxes in areas such as Central Kenya, Rift Valley and Nyanza, where one party is dominant.

DERAIL ELECTIONS

Mr Tuju claimed that ODM has a history of attempting to derail elections, citing street protests that led to the ouster of former IEBC commissioners.

Speaking at his Capitol Hill office in Nairobi, Mr Odinga said the courts — the High Court and the Supreme Court — had ruled that the final presidential results should be announced at the constituency level. He urged IEBC to withdraw the case at the Appeal Court.

“The courts have already pronounced themselves on this matter. The IEBC must respect the law as it is,” he said, adding that even the commission has no power to alter the results declared by returning officers in the constituencies.

He said the comments he made during the coalition’s public rally were not meant to undermine institutions but to identify the problem in the electoral process.

A day after being accused of undermining independent institutions, the former Prime Minister warned that the poll body’s recent actions risked driving the country to the bad old days.

RETURNING OFFICERS

“The Supreme Court has gone further and stated that even returning officers have no power to alter whatever they declare in constituencies because such alterations can only be done by the courts.”

He cited the Hassan Joho vs Suleiman Shahbal election petition case, in which the Supreme Court ruled that results announced by returning officers at the constituency level are final and that such results could only be altered through a petition in the High Court.

Speaking at Jubilee’s Pangani offices in Nairobi, Mr Tuju told Nasa to stop panicking after it announced it would get 10 million votes in the elections.

10M STRONG VOTES

“One minute they talk about 10 million strong votes, and the next minute they want to boycott the poll, and by extension accept early defeat,” he said.

During a public rally in Nakuru on Sunday, Mr Odinga and his running mate, Mr Kalonzo Musyoka, reiterated the elections boycott threat.

Mr Odinga further said Nasa would call its supporters to the streets for mass action if the Court of Appeal upholds the application filed by the commission.

On the same day, seven Jubilee MPs weighed in and accused Mr Odinga of intimidating independent institutions through violent tactics.

-Additional reporting by Ibrahim Oruko

Chris Obure Wins Jubilee Governor Ticket for Kisii

By Elgar Machuka

Chris Obure is Jubilee Party governor nominee for Kisii County.

The Senator garnered 208,091 votes against his opponent Alfred Nyangweso who got 4,782 votes.

The nominations were held after Mr Nyangweso through his lawyer John Khaminwa moved to court seeking the Jubilee gubernatorial nomination be conducted.

Speaking to his supporters shortly after being announced winner, Mr Obure extended an olive branch to losers in the Jubilee Party primaries saying they need to work with winners for the sake of the party.

“Our aim is to make Kisii a Jubilee stronghold. This can only be possible if we work in unity,” he said.

He said he was assured of a win in the August 8 polls and that yesterday’s win was a reflection of the general elections.

He appreciated the party supporters for voting peacefully and turning out in large numbers despite the short notice.

He said that the people had proved that they wanted change and claimed that the current county leadership had not performed as expected.

Mr Obure will fight for the seat with incumbent Governor James Ongwae (ODM), Manson Nyamweya (KNC), Lumumba Nyaberi (Wiper) and Boniface Omboto (Maendeleo Chap Chap) in the General Election.

Mr Obure decamped from ODM a year ago and joined the ruling party citing lack of development agenda in the opposition.

He said being in the opposition was a waste of time because Gusii people were getting a raw deal on development from the government.

In Kitutu Chache North, Bonchari and Bomachoge Chache constituencies the incumbents namely MP Jimmy Angwenyi, Zebedeo Opore and Simone Ogari were declared winners in the primaries.

Mr Angwenyi garnered 21, 061 votes beating his three opponents namely Alfred Ndemo 505,

Atuti Ibrahim, 363 and Joseph Nyangau, 135.

In Bonchari Constituency, Mr Opore won with 17, 646 beating his opponent Ms Mary Ratemo who got 1,250.

In Bomachoge Chache, Simon Ogari won with 16, 648 votes against his only opponent Kennedy Nyamweya who got 972 votes.

The three parliamentary winners rubbished their opponents for moving to court in a bid to halt the exercise saying they were insincere when they claimed they were not aware that the primaries would be held Friday.

“Let us join hands and ensure that President Uhuru Kenyatta wins come August,” said Mr Onyancha.

However their opponents maintained that they would not accept the outcome of the primaries saying that the nominations were held without their knowledge.

“We will not accept the exercise because the party did not inform us that the nominations will take place yesterday,” they said.

Kitutu Chache North aspirant Dr Ndemo Ong’era said he had asked his supporters to boycott the process.

Newcomers Upstage Seasoned Politicians in Bomet

By Geoffrey Rono

Several newcomers in politics have handed seasoned politicians defeats in the just concluded party primaries, boosting their chances of winning the seats come August in the General Election.

Among them is Mr Briton Yegon of Konoin constituency, who surprised many when he trounced Mr Sammy Koech – the incumbent and two-time legislator in the recent Jubilee party nominations to emerge winner.

Mr Yegon says he has been plotting how to capture the seat for the last three years.

The nominee says he has what it takes to walk the talk and serve the Konoin constituency better.

“The campaigns needed one to print posters and other election materials and whose expenses were not meagre but this is the order of the day,” he says.

The aspirant says he has had good working relations with the constituent, which has endeared him to them, earning him their vote of confidence in the primaries.

“It is the good of my work and the trust of the people in my leadership that has brought me this far,” he quips.

On his meagre budget for the nomination campaigns, Mr Yegon says he was not bothered in using his ordinary car in campaigns against his rivals who had convoys, featuring top-of the-range vehicles.

“The work I did for the people spoke for itself during my campaign trails. In elections, people are so important because they are the ones who decide who the leader will be,” he adds.

IS CONFIDENT

Mr Yegon is brimming with confidence that he will trounce his Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) rival Cosmas Korir in the General Election.

In Sotik Constituency, another political greenhorn Dominic Koskei, the son of a one time Sotik MP Mr Antony Kimeto, surprised many when he beat the current Bomet County Woman Representative, Ms Cecilia Ngetich and former Nairobi provincial commissioner Mr Francis Sigei to clinch the Jubilee party nominations to win the seat.

Koskei attributed his win to the good done by his father, during his tenure as Sotik MP. “I was running against people with a lot of resources but despite my meagre resources, the people saw it fit to bestow me the seat and bequeath the seat that has been left behind by the Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso now running for the Bomet gubernatorial seat on Jubilee party ticket against the incumbent Governor Isaac Ruto of CCM,” he says.

Ms Ngetich opted not to defend her woman representative seat and instead vied for the Sotik parliamentary seat, in the process losing to the youthful Mr Koskei.

Mr Koskei will battle it out in the August 8 General Election with Mr Paul Kimeto, formerly Bomet branch executive of Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) on CCM ticket.

PRINTING POSTERS

Mr Koskei similarly said he only spent money on printing campaign posters and other materials.

For Chepalungu Constituency, the sitting MP Paul Savimbi won the Jubilee party nod to defend his seat with ease, on the basis of what his allies said was his good development record for the duration he was area MP.

He will face off with Mr Gideon Koskei(CCM) on August 8.

In the Senate race, Jubilee party’s nominee, Dr Andrew Langat, says his long stint as a lecturer at Moi University served to endeared him to many Bomet constituents.

This is what enabled him to trounce the incumbent, Prof Wilfred Lesan, in the Jubilee party nomination race .

Dr Langat will now wrestle with Dr Stephen Kosgei (CCM) in the General Election. He too, says he did not use a huge budget to win the nomination since he has larger following among Bomet voters.

Ms Joyce Korir, Jubilee’s nominee for the Bomet woman representative seat says her role as Deputy speaker of the Bomet County Assembly and the incumbent Singorwet ward MCA, gave her a headstart in the nominations.

She is a one-time councillor for the ward and mayor of the defunct Bomet Municipal Council.

ALL NEW

Mrs Korir says she did not have to use a huge budget to down her opponent, as they were all new in the field of politics and could not match her prowess .

She will now face her fellow MCA, Mrs Hellen Rotich of CCM in the General Election.

In Bomet East , the wife of the late cabinet minister Kipkalya Kones, Mrs Beatrice Kones exudes confidence of beating her eldest son Mr Kevin Kones who is vying for the seat on CCM ticket.

She hopes to pick up from where her late husband left when he died in a plane crash in Narok County on June 10, 2008.

Mr Kones, a powerful figure in the Kanu government was MP for the larger Bomet Constituency and later Bomet East.

He was in office for only 8 months before he lost his life in the plane crash.

His wife Beatrice, succeeded him in the subsequent by-election. She later lost the seat to Mr Bernard Bett in 2013 but turned the tables on Mr Bett, when she trounced him in the jubilee nominations two weeks ago.

In Bomet Central Constituency ,the incumbent MP Ronald Tanui won the party nomination and says his development record speaks for itself to secure him a re-election.

‘A LOT’

“I have done a lot for Bomet Central Constituency people. I distributed development activities evenly to all the five wards without any discrimination, a gesture that gave me the respect to be re-elected,” he said.

He will be facing a newcomer in politics, Mr Kipngeno Kirui of CCM – popularly known as ‘Arwet’ in the General Election for the seat.

The current speaker of the Bomet County Assembly Geoffrey Korir who was also vying for the Bomet senatorial sea, lost Dr Langat and is now lobbying to be picked as Dr Laboso’s running mate in the Bomet gubernatorial seat race.

Eighteen incumbent Bomet MCAs both on Jubilee and CCM parties were downed by newcomers in politics despite setting side huge war chests for their campaigns.

However, of all the ongoing politics in Bomet, the one on the lips of many residents is the battle pitting Governor Isaac Ruto and the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Lornah Laboso for the governor’s seat.

Dr Laboso exudes confidence of winning the seat from the incumbent and pledges to “bring change in Bomet on developmental activities and other gainful ventures”

Governor Ruto also insists he will reclaiming the seat because of his development record.

Candidates Sign Anti-Bribery Agreement

By Andrew Katabulawo & Edema Denis

Jinja — Candidates vying for the Kagoma Constituency parliamentary seat have signed an agreement to run a decent campaign.

The four candidates, including Mr Alex Brandon Kintu (Independent), Mr Moses Walyomu ( NRM), Mr Muhammed Bidondole (Independent) and Mr Timothy Batuwa Lusala (FDC), signed to particularly run a campaign that is devoid of voter bribery.

The Kagoma parliamentary seat fell vacant after the Court of Appeal nullified the result of the election following an appeal by Mr Kintu who was one of the contenders in the 2016 parliamentary race.

Appeal decision

Mr Kintu stood as an independent but lost to Mr Walyomu. He then filed an election petition in court detailing election fraud manifested in the form of particularly voter bribery, something he said unjustly swung the result in favour of his rival.

The Court of Appeal agreed with his argument and in early March, a verdict nullifying the election was declared, resulting into the forthcoming by-election.

To cure the repeat of what mainly led to the nullification of the earlier results, NGOs such as the Alliance for Finance Monitoring (ACFIM) and First African Bicycle Organisation (FABIO) have teamed up to push for fair play during the Kagoma by-election campaigns.

In an effort to do that, the aforementioned NGOs, whose agenda is good governance and fair play, have had all the nominated candidates make a public pledge and sign an agreement committing to free and fair election.

The four candidates signed the agreement last week in Jinja during a harmonising meeting chaired by the Jinja District returning officer, Mr Anthony Ambrose Mwaita.

The director of FABIO, Ms Katesi Nagisa, said so far, 65 activists have been deployed in at least five sub-counties, comprising 15 parishes with nearly 120 villages to move from door to door telling the voters not to sell their votes.

According to the representative of ACIFIM, Mr Henry Mugizi, selling and buying votes normally undermines the quality of services delivered, let alone rendering the whole electoral processes a shame.

In his remarks, Mr Mwaita urged the candidates to strictly follow electoral rules and not breach the public pact they have just entered; saying going back on their promises and breaking of any rules will have dire consequences.

He said as the representative of the electoral prefect, he will ensure the election is free and fair.

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Namibia: Food and Cash Donated to Food Bank

By Ndanki Kahiurika

OVER N$9 million worth of food and N$2,1 million in cash was donated to government’s food bank during 2016.

This was revealed by poverty eradication minister Zephania Kameeta while motivating his ministry’s N$3,3 billion budget in parliament on Wednesday.

He said the food bank has inspired individuals and companies to participate in the war against poverty.

“The ministry has to date received food items valued at N$9,5 million,” he said, adding that the food bank was one of the range of initiatives geared towards addressing hunger and eradicating poverty.

According to Kameeta, whose ministry’s budget has increased by 59% in the current financial year, most of the donated food was distributed amongst charitable and community organisations.

“Hunger is the lowest level of poverty, and the ministry will continuously implement programmes in close collaboration with relevant stakeholders to ensure that no Namibian will go hungry to bed,” said the minister.

He added that youths have been recruited and organised into street committees to handle the distribution of food, in an emulation of the model used in Cuba.

Kameeta furthermore informed parliament that N$2,1 million in cash donations have been received by the ministry.

During his state of the nation address, President Hage Geingob mentioned that the food bank would be rolled out in other parts of the country, and beyond the seven constituencies in the Khomas region.

“About 19 000 households, or roughly 80 000 Namibians, receive monthly food parcels. The testimonies we received from some of these beneficiaries are simultaneously heartwrenching and heartwarming. In some instances, as many as 18 individuals in one household benefit from food parcels,” said Geingob.

The fifth National Development Plan (NDP5), which will be launched soon, states that poverty and inequality persist, despite a significant reduction in poverty from 28% to 18% between 2010 and 2015, with the target being 10% by 2022.

According to NDP5, poverty and inequality are driven by a lack of access to basic services such as electricity, water, education and trading opportunities. In order to address poverty and inequality, the development plan calls for the conducting of research, distribution of social grants, provision of national documents, provision of basic services and strengthening poverty reducing programmes.

Moses //Garoëb constituency councillor Martin David told The Namibian yesterday that 5 000 families in his constituency have benefited from the food bank.

“It has changed a lot of people’s lives. Even those who are on medication, like ARVs, can take their medicine on time because they have food. I am telling you, really, I am so happy about that programme. We do not want people to suffer because of hunger,” said David.

The Rise and Rise of Senator Mike Sonko

opinionBy Elvis Ondieki

At the end of a brief article on Wikipedia about Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko, readers are informed that the entry is a stub, that is, it needs additional material to make it a worthwhile entry.

Perhaps, if his dream of becoming the Nairobi governor comes true, there will be no shortage of contributors to add details on Governor Sonko.

But for now, the capital’s populist Senator is providing a different kind of headache to the ruling Jubilee Party, whose key leaders are perceived to support former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth to beat the incumbent Evans Kidero.

That Mr Sonko is audacious in his words, actions and sense of style is not a secret — from punching walls during demonstrations, making a call to the President on speaker phone for all to hear and dressing in the manner of a hip-hop artiste to confronting land grabbers and admitting in a television interview that he was once the “biggest thief”.

Perhaps it is such candour, controversy, unpredictability and perceived common touch, especially among the city’s low income earners, that make him a tricky politician.

HES BEEN A THIEF

Gidion Kioko Mike Sonko is probably the only Kenyan politician to ever admit publicly that he has been a “thief”, rare candour that came out in a prime-time television interview.

And in October last year, he incredibly declared himself to be the acting Head of State –since President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto were out of the country and he was representing them at a funeral in Machakos County.

Mr Sonko captured the nation’s imagination as an unlikely winner of the Makadara Constituency by-election in 2010 with stories swirling about the source of his wealth and his background. Since then his star has been rising, and the nickname “Sonko” has become his official name.

A few weeks after his lawyers announced on the Kenya Gazette that he had switched names from “Mbuvi Gidion Kioko” to “Mbuvi Gidion Kioko Mike Sonko”, he gave a promise to Parliament.

“Mr Deputy Speaker, Sir. I am also in the process of adding the initials MBT to my names,” the Hansard of March 1, 2012 quotes him saying.

INTERVENED

“Thereafter my names shall read: Mbuvi Gidion Kioko Kivangulya Kivyatu Nangelesi, MBT – meaning ‘Mkamba Born Town’. Thank you.” To Mr Sonko’s admirers, his style of doing things is the solution Nairobi needs, as he has previously intervened when people are being evicted from their houses, offered “rescue” services to those in need, rewarded achieving sportspeople and adopted needy children, among others.

To his critics, however, his seemingly unrefined methods leave him as exposed as his legs were when he attended a presidential event wearing “torn” trousers in 2014; or leave him as unwanted as when he was ejected from Parliament in 2011 for wearing earrings.

This is a man who had the audacity to throw insults at Governor Kidero during a grilling session before a Senate Committee in June 2016, which led to a physical confrontation that saw the day’s programme abandoned.

This is the same man whose supporters in August 2016 crashed into a gathering organised by Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, who had then announced his desire to vie for governorship, and left everyone scampering for safety.

It remains to be seen if he will win the gubernatorial nominations as he seems confident of doing or he will be convinced in the boardroom to step down and seek other positions.

Long Queues As Voting Finally Starts in Kiambu County

Photo: Moses Muoki/CapitalFM

Jubilee members wait to cast their votes at Kiambu primary school polling centre.

By Joseph Muraya

Nairobi — Voting is currently ongoing in some parts of Kiambu County, despite late arrival of voting materials at the start of Jubilee Party primaries.

Long queues were witnessed in various polling stations within Kiambu, as members of the Jubilee Party eagerly waited for their chance to cast votes.

The party members have however castigated their officials over what they term as “confusion and disorganisation.”

“We started voting late due to their disorganisation, “one of the voters at Kiambu Primary school told Capital FM News.

Some who stayed long in the queues however opted to call it quits.

“I can’t stay here for the whole day and yet the process is extremely slow, ” Anne Wanjiku said.

Others in the same polling station wondered why the party had one stream despite the thousands of voters registered there.

“The queue has not been moving for more than 30 minutes, ” another complained.

Voting has also started in Kabete Constituency.

Police officers have been deployed in all the polling stations to ensure law and order prevails.

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Botswana: Preserve Indigenous Crops – Autlwetse

By Tshepo Mongwa

Serule — The Assistant Minister of Agricultural Development and Food Security Mr Kgotla Autlwetse has called on farmers to retrace their steps and start planting indigenous field crops alongside open pollinated and hybrid ones.

He raised a concern that indigenous field crops seemed to be disappearing and they needed to be preserved for future use.

Addressing a kgotla meeting in Serule recently, Mr Autlwetse who is also Member of Parliament for Serowe North explained that indigenous field crops were good for field crop production in the country as they could withstand harsh climatic conditions experienced in the country.

On other issues, he noted that beef measles was still a concern in the country. He said it had a negative impact on beef industry citing that in most cases, 10 per cent of beef from cattle slaughtered at the Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) was rejected due to measles.

He indicated that measles was caused by human waste advising farmers to build toilets at their fields and cattle posts.

Mr Autlwetse also touched on the issue of administering ear-tags.

He said government had also come up with a decision that livestock without the tags would not be vaccinated or be allowed to be sold at the BMC.

He said such measures had been put in place to motivate and encourage farmers to administer ear-tags on their livestock. He explained that ear-tags played an important role in tracing where beef came from and who the cattle owners were.

The legislator went on to indicate that government had decided to make purchase prices of small livestock in all citizen empowerment programmes such as the Poverty Eradication Programme, LIMID and Youth Empowerment Programmes to be uniform.

He said the price tag for goats and sheep had been raised from P700 to P1000 while billy goats and rams had been upgraded from P1500 to P2000.

In regard to the P10 million constituency development fund, Mr Aultwetse explained that his constituency had eight wards and each ward would receive P1.1 million for community projects.

He said Serule and Gojwane will be entitled to P1.1 million because the two villages make one council ward.

He noted that earlier on he held a series of meetings with community leaders such as dikgosi, Village Development Committees, councilors and other community committees to prioritise on which projects should be implemented in the villages/ward.

Regarding the project to provide Damochujenaa, Gojwane, Serule, and Moreomabele with water from Letsibogo Dam, Mr Aultwetse said research to determine the magnitude of project and how the project would be implemented was still ongoing.

He called on residents of the villages to be patient noting that the implementation of the project was anticipated to take place after two years after all research, Environmental Impact Assessment and budget had been made. In the meantime, he said the villages would continue receiving water from boreholes. BOPA

Source: BOPA

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Big Names At Risk of Losing Seats As Jubilee Holds Polls in Mt Kenya

Photo: Jeff Angote/The Nation

Deputy President William Ruto (left) and President Uhuru Kenyatta at the launch of Jubilee Party at Safaricom Stadium Kasarani in Nairobi on September 10, 2016.

By Nation Team

Two gubernatorial aspirants have quit Jubilee amid rigging claims ahead of high stakes party nominations in Mt Kenya region today.

Murang’a gubernatorial aspirant Moses Mwangi and Isiolo Senator Mohamed Kuti said they had left the party over fears of unfair nominations.

Votng is expected to start from 6am.

Mathira parliamentary aspirant Rigathi Gachagua said he was confident the party would live up to its promise of delivering transparent nominations.

“We do not want voting running into the night, counting and tallying of votes should be done quickly,” said Mr Gachagua.

RIGGING CLAIMS

The political battle is particularly intense in Murang’a, Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Nyeri, Tharaka-Nithi, Embu and Meru counties where securing the party ticket almost guarantees one victory in the general election or consign one to political oblivion.

Dr Mwangi defected from Jubilee barely hours to the nominations.

He cited a plot by his opponents — Governor Mwangi Wa Iria and Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau — to rig the nominations.

“In view of the prevailing circumstances where emerging information suggest potential massive rigging… I hereby tender my resignation from being a member and candidate for the Jubilee Party,” he said during a press conference.

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WAIGURU IN RACEThis means the Murang’a governor primaries will be a two-horse race between Mr Wa Iria and Mr Kamau, who are battling for the 550,000 registered voters in the region.While Mr Wa Iria has the advantage of incumbency, Mr Kamau has support from Murang’a South and MPs such as Alice Wahome (Kandara).In Isiolo on Thursday, Senator Kuti said he would announce his political future today.In Kirinyaga, former Devolution CS Anne Waiguru, Kirinyaga Central MP Gachoki Gitari and incumbent Joseph Ndathi will be battling for Jubilee ticket in the race for governor seat.Former KRA deputy commissioner Eliud Wanjao will also be fighting for the ticket in the region with 350,000 registered voters.TOUGH RACEIn Nyeri, it will be a contest between incumbent Samuel Wamathai, a former diplomat, and four other aspirants who will be seeking to make him the shortest-serving governor.The four are Senator Mutahi Kagwe, economist Wahome Gakuru, industrialists Githinji Cocoriko Kinyanjui and hotelier Patrick Kairu.In the senate race, it will be the battle of billionaires involving contractors Dan Wamahiu, Ephraim Maina and industrialist Wambugu Kanyi.Fireworks are expected in Tharaka-Nithi where former assistant minister Petkay Miriti and Chuka/Igambang’ombe MP Muthomi Njuki are locked in a tough race.NJUKI ACCUSEDMr Njuki is said to be close to President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto while Mr Miriti’s United Patriotic Party of Kenya was one of those that folded to form Jubilee.On Wednesday night, a group of Chuka Town residents stormed the constituency offices claiming that Mr Njuki and his supporters were marking ballot papers.The residents also claimed Mr Njuki and Chuka Constituency MP aspirant Patrick Munene were meeting some presiding officers and clerks to plan how to rig the nominations.Mr Njuki, however, denied the claims.WAMBORA VS MBARIRECounty Jubilee secretary-general Isaac Mugo appealed for sobriety and asked candidates to accept the results.In Meru, Senator Kiraitu Murungi has no competitor in the Jubilee governor race, as is Igembe South MP Mithika Linturi, who is vying for the senate seat.There will be, however, a cut-throat battle between Ms Florence Kajuju and Ms Kawira Mwangaza for the Woman Rep post.The stakes are high in Embu County where Governor Martin Wambora and Runyenjes MP Cecily Mbarire are seeking Jubilee ticket for governor seat.Reported by Ken Kimanthi, George Munene, Joseph Wangui and Grace Gitau

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