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Jubilee Has Fulfilled Pledge On Free, Fair and Transparent Nominations – Uhuru

Nairobi — President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that the Jubilee Party has lived up to its word to allow Kenyans to choose their representatives without interference.

He said the party overcame the logistical hitches experienced last week when the primaries were suspended, to conduct a record-setting free and fair nomination exercise.

“In the history of this Republic, I think it will go down in record that the Jubilee nominations of 2017 have been by far the freest and the fairest and was transparent,” he said.

The Head of State said the overwhelming turnout during the party’s primaries indicates the huge support the Jubilee Party enjoys in the country.

“Jubilee supporters and Kenyans in general have spoken. If you look at the turnout in every single constituency you will undoubtedly agree with me that the support for Jubilee is overwhelming and that is all over the country,” said the President.

He said the huge turnout also sends a message that Kenyans are demanding much greater accountability and responsibility from their leaders.

The President said those who won in the nominations should understand that Kenyans would no longer tolerate leaders who are only concerned about their own salaries and other selfish interests.

Commenting on the trend where many sitting Governors, MPs and MCAs have been voted out in the primaries, the President said Kenyans are expressing their anger with the misuse of funds through things like unnecessary travels and leaders’ obsession with their own salaries rather than the welfare of the public.

He also assured those who have lodged petitions with the party secretariat over the outcome of the nominations in some areas that their complaints would be heard expeditiously as per the party rules.

“We are not leaving anyone behind. We congratulate those who won and ask them to listen to the wishes of the people and to those who lost, we want them to know that we are not abandoning them. Our party does not have a policy of use and abandon,” said the President when he spoke at the party headquarters in Nairobi.

The President urged all party supporters to maintain peace, saying that the Jubilee Party stands for peace, unity and fairness.

He later addressed rallies at Githurai, Ruiru, Juja and Thika where he thanked Jubilee supporters for conducting a peaceful nomination process despite the overwhelming interest and turnout.

The President was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto and a host of leaders including Governors Ken Lusaka (Bungoma), Hussein Dado (Tana River) and Salim Mvurya (Kwale).

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Tibim! Uhuru Park Goes Gaga As Big Nasa Announcement Awaited

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Nasa principals from left: Musalia Mudavadi, Raila Odinga , Isaac Ruto, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang’ula at Bomas of Kenya on April 20, 2017.

By Joseph Muraya

Nairobi — The stage is wrapped with blue and white ribbons to signify the presence of the National Super Alliance at Uhuru Park.

The expectations are high and the crowd is charged, waiting to know who will face President Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto in August polls.

“Tibim,” goes the tune as hundreds of NASA supporters sing in unison.

Others are carrying placards some to ‘sell’ their respective aspirants under the NASA coalition.

“Tibim NASA, ” reads one of them.

Leaders have started streaming into the historical park where the NASA Pentagon led by Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi will make the announcement.

Other principals are Senator Moses Wetangula and Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto.

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Minister’s Ultimatum On Land Rent

By Alex Malanga

Dar es Salaam — The Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development, Mr William Lukuvi, has issued a 36-day ultimatum to land owners to pay land rent.

He also directed those who own land traditionally without offers in urban areas, municipal and city councils, to send their ownership information to land officers in their councils.

With effect from July this year, according to him, the government will also start charging squatters on the basis on the value of the plot.

He called on the owners to avoid undervaluation, or they risk losing un-declared land.

The minister further warns that all those who fail to comply with the directives should be prepared to face the full force of the law.

“If owners of land, being plots or farms, fail to pay rent in a given period, they will be taken to court,” noted Mr Lukuvi in a video clip which was circulating in social media yesterday.

On top of that, he said defaulters’ properties would be confiscated and title deeds cancelled.

The move was to ensure all land owners paid rent accordingly.

“It does not make sense that of the 70 per cent of land which is under use in the country, only 11 per cent is being covered by land rent,” noted Mr Lukuvi. “It is high time land owners crosschecked their records to see whether or not they have paid the fees and if not, they should immediately do so before they face the full force of the law,” he stressed.

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MCA Wins ODM Ticket for Kilifi Woman Rep

By Kazungu Samuel

Kibarani Ward Representative Gertrude Mbeyu on Sunday evening won the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) ticket for Kilifi Woman Representative after beating her competitor Juliet Riziki.

Ms Mbeyu, a teacher by profession before joining active politics, was announced winner after getting 32,054 votes against Ms Riziki’s 28,722 votes.

“Mbeyu is the winner for this post after garnering 32,054 votes against Juliet Riziki’s 28,722 and we wish her well as she battles for the seat in August,” said ODM election board chairman Mtana Lewa.

He then gave out the ticket to Ms Mbeyu who immediately headed to her home village in Rojo Rojo for a media briefing.

The jubilant Mbeyu was received by her family and close friends including former chief of staff at the Kilifi governor’s office Caroline Kalume.

“It is God, my family and the people of Kilifi County’s faith on me that enabled me to thrive in this journey,” she said of her win as she displayed her ODM certificate.

HAPPY JUMWA WON

She said that she was happy that her political mentor Aisha Jumwa had also won ODM ticket for the Malindi parliamentary seat saying the win was a symbol of change in Kilifi leadership, soon to be experienced.

“As I celebrate my win, I want also to congratulate Ms Aisha Jumwa for winning the Malindi MP seat ticket after beating William Mtengo. This is a new beginning for women leadership in the region,” she said.

She said that she was optimistic of winning the Woman Rep seat in August but said it will only be fulfilled when people will go out in large numbers to vote.

“I want to tell the people of Kilifi to come out in large numbers to vote for me in August. I have an elaborate manifesto that has touched on every aspect of development for women, including the utilisation programmes of the Affirmative Action Fund,” she said.

She described Riziki as an active woman who tried her best for the seat but the verdict of the people settled on her.

“I think Juliet Riziki is also an active politician and she tried her luck but at the end, the people decided that it was me and I hope she will support me in ODM so that we win the seat,” she said.

TOO EXHAUSTED

Ms Riziki later failed to address a press conference even after an alert was sent to the media in Kilifi that she wanted to respond to allegations of vote rigging for the seat.

When contacted by the Nation for the planned interview, she said she was too exhausted to speak to the media.

“There is no media briefing. I don’t feel like talking to the media right now. I am tired and just want to leave,” she told journalists who had camped at the Mnarani club for the planned interview.

Kilifi North aspirant Owen Baya who had called the press conference to protest over delayed release of the Woman Rep results, later, also called off the interview.

The Woman Rep results were delayed for almost a day by what Dr Mtana Lewa said were logistical problems of ferrying the votes from far flung areas of Magarini to the Kilifi ODM headquarters.

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Manning Kampala Streets – the Tale of a Law Enforcement Assistant

analysisBy Abdul-Nasser Ssemugabi

The mere mention of Kampala Capital City Authority(KCCA) law enforcement assistants, or agents, evokes gory images of mean-looking, muscular men running after street vendors like a predator does its prey, ruthlessly arresting them and bundling them onto vehicles, before they drive away like maniacs.

Sometimes they are demolishing structures, kiosks in shanty neighbourhoods of Kampala, caring less what those structures mean to various lives that either dwell or earn a living there.

All the above are plain facts but here comes a disclaimer: “It’s not all that we do; actually the public has chosen to look at us like that but we even do ‘good things’.”

So who dares to convince us that there is a humane heart beneath those thick layers of chest muscles? Haven’t we heard enough from the KCCA spokesman? So let us hear from the proverbial horse’s mouth–one of the men who scare the hell out of those stubborn street vendors, a KCCA a law enforcement assistant, as he shared his story.

Because he is not authorised to speak to us about his job, we chose a pseudonym Moses Ouma to protect his identity.

How he joined

“So, how did you get into this job?” was my first question. I was wondering why such an energetic, handsome young man, with admirable eloquence in English, chose such a ‘despicable’ job!

“I was jobless and my friend told me about an opportunity to work with the KCCA law enforcement team,” Ouma narrates the advent of his journey in a Sunday evening interview after a long church service.

“I took my paperwork to a certain office and in two days, I was called for training.”

After two weeks, Ouma had got the job.

“We trained in chaka-mchaka (to make us know one another and bond); client care, human rights, among others,” he adds.

After two years of service, they went to Bihanga Military School of Ballistics, Ibanda District for more training for five months.

“Wait a bit, did you just mention client care and human rights among your course units?” I prodded. “With all the brutality you unleash on the streets?”

“That’s your view that we are brutal but we aren’t, necessarily so,” he responds with the composure of a seasoned criminal defence lawyer.

“Actually under client care and human rights we learn that our job is more technical than physical; before you arrest someone, you must talk to them, try understand their situation, show them that they are in the wrong and that arresting them is only a job, not a passion… “

He says they help many people who come for directions to various places, others want advice regarding physical planning and it is the men in “black and yellow” who lead them to the relevant offices.

He also talks of averting road accidents by, say, arresting misbehaving boda-boda cyclists. Unfortunately, he says “people will always want to see us from only the rough side.”

But why are scenes of KCCA agents grabbing poor women, their tomatoes rolling down the streets as children fall from their backs in a scuffle so common?

“Law enforcement is very tricky and such scenes are sometimes inevitable; no one wants to be arrested,” he says. “Yet we have the right to use reasonable force to get the job done. But we sometimes get derailed by circumstances such as a policeman who shoots and injures people in a scuffle when he did not intend to harm anyone.”

Typical day

A typical busy day does not come every day but when situations dictate, it could even spread into sleepless nights. He recalls the 2014 demolition of illegal structures on the railway line. Approximately 20km stretch through Banda, Namuwongo, Ndeeba to Nalukolongo.

“It was hectic; we spent two sleepless nights, and in a dangerous atmosphere.”

But on normal days he reaches office by 6.30am.

“We do parade drills, our supervisors review our previous performance, especially the errors we made (such as manhandling people) and show us how we ought to have avoided them, before they brief us on what next,” Ouma explains.

“By 8am when we hit the streets, the early birds [hawkers] are already taking advantage of our absence. We persuade them to leave before we arrest them.”

In case of arrest, one is taken to City Hall with his or her property. They are allowed to call a relative or friend. In the charge room, they record a statement which is sent to the officer-in-charge, who then sends it to the prosecutor. The prosecutor takes it to court. In court, the judge can pardon the offender or fine him between Shs40,000 and Shs500,000, before release.

Ouma works six days a week, with one day-off. If you are the type who needs “some order” in the city, do not blame KCCA for the mess on the streets at night. With the intervention of politicians in response to the vendors’ outcry, the Authority ceased night operations, to allow the vendor enjoy the night sales. Hence, Ouma’s working day–except when he is deployed to monitor noise pollution at nightclubs–ends at 6.30pm.

Craziest moment

Prostitutes fighting for customers on William Street, taxi conductors and passengers fighting over Shs100, motorists hooting recklessly; street preachers and herbalists shouting to everyone; vendors scattering at the sight of KCCA operatives, as they scream ‘obusajja buubwo’, are just some of the many crazy scenes in Kampala’s downtown.

But Ouma says nothing is crazier than those women who undress to avoid being arrested.

“They know that when they are naked, no one will get near them because if you arrest them and by any chance those pictures leak to media, the story will be: KCCA agents undress vendors.”

Remember the video that went viral on social media in November showing KCCA arresting a woman with two children? Ouma insists that woman was very problematic, usually undresses and the children she had were not hers. She just acted the scene. But all the law enforcers involved were suspended and could even have their contracts terminated.

“So to avoid losing our jobs, we let the shameless, crazy women be.”

Worst moment and black spots

Ouma recounts the most terrifying experience: “That Agaba incident was bloody… we survived by God’s mercy,” he sighs with audible fright.

“The eviction was almost done but the area councillors incited an already angered population… the mob rose against us and the shooting just made matters worse.”

In that January 2012 bloody incident, a mob turned against KCCA for evicting occupants of Port Bell land in Luzira. Police officer Santos Komakech and KCCA physical planning director George Agaba, shot (purportedly) in self-defence, killing one person and injuring others.

“We pleaded for mercy, and thankfully, as some were baying for our blood, others came to our rescue–‘naye bano bakola bukozi’ (these are working on orders)–they said in our defence,” Ouma recalls.

Any place with agitated people can be dangerous. Of all places, Kisekka Market is a black spot. You must fear for your life whenever you are deployed there.

He has a big scar on his hand, an effect of wounds he sustained on duty, which cost him some money and time to heal because by then KCCA could not cover their medical bills. Currently, it does.

Don’t they need protective gear such as helmets, knee pads, and gloves? “That can only be pushed by the supervisor, who does not seem to see it as priority,” he says.

But danger can catch you anytime, anywhere. Ouma tells me of his colleague who was attacked off-duty in the Old Taxi Park.

He was not in uniform but people had mastered his face. They hit his head with hammers. Three months on, he has not recovered and struggles with blurred vision.

“Ironically, some people (such as shop owners), whose business interests we protect, also rebuke us yet some vendors defend us.”

He cites another recent incident, when street children who were hawking on Dewinton Road battered his colleagues, but guess who saved them? Other hawkers.

regrets

If what Ouma says is what he exactly does, then we need more of such people in the force.

“I prefer talking to someone, understand the story behind his coming to the streets, why he finds it hard to leave, and by the time I arrest him, I will have convinced him that just as his job is selling from the streets, mine is to ensure he vacates the streets,” he says. “And I’m not ready to lose my job.”

With his precision, he sometimes faults himself. These two incidents make a serious dilemma. When he attempts to arrest boda-boda cyclists riding on a pavement, the cyclists end up knocking down people, as they try to escape.

In another incident on Jinja Road a boda-boda cyclist riding on a pavement knocked down a pregnant woman. “I was across the road and I wish I had calculated the situation better, I would have saved her,” he regrets.

Any beautiful moments?

“Of course, when my salary is wired to my account,” he says. ” Also, when someone commends me for the good job done. We are used to derogatory remarks such as “Oba mbwa mmwe mufa ddi? (I wish you dogs die) but it is encouraging when once in a while someone thanks you for keeping order in the city.”

Upon this, I asked him if he would recommend a friend or relative for such a job.

“Why not? It’s crazy to leave your peaceful job for one full of risks but if the friend or relative doesn’t have a job, I would straightaway connect him,” he said, with a smile.

On how long he would stay on this job, Ouma said: “When I joined, I thought I would do this job for just a while (and move on) but it’s now five years and as long as I don’t have a better job, I’m still here.”

We need media sympathy

“Our job is very tricky, so we need the media to bridge that gap between us and the public,” he says. “For instance, when we impound a vendor’s property, then he lies between the tyres of our vehicle such that it doesn’t move, we must use some force to remove him.”

He says the media sometimes ignores such stories, because they understand the situation.

Some are arrested but in attempting to escape they are knocked down by other vehicles. Others just fight to resist arrest. Whichever way, Ouma prays the media cooperates and sensitises the masses on the need for a clean and orderly city, which KCCA is trying to enforce.

But for now, as people have become used to being arrested and released, they will always return to the streets, which makes to them much more business sense than languishing in markets. Therefore, Ouma and colleagues, as law enforcers, are still assured of employment.

Jubilee Primaries Off to Slow Start As Poll Materials Delayed

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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 Simon Ndonga

Nairobi — The nomination exercise in most polling stations across the country for the jubilee Party were yet to kick off at 6am Friday following delays in the distribution of election materials.

In many regions, residents work up early for the exercise and were still waiting for their polling stations to be opened.

Many expressed dismay at the delay, saying that they hoped to finish choosing their candidates as fast as possible.

“We want our aspirants to come out and explain to us what is going on. We were here very early and we are concerned about the delay in starting the process,” a voter in Uasin Gishu said.

“This process should be postponed here in Bomet because it has not started now and there is a lot of pressure. This will give the officials time to be adequately prepared,” another one in Bomet said.

The nominations were set to kick off Friday in 21 counties including Kiambu and Nyeri while 23 counties which include the far-flung Lamu, Mandera and Turkana will hold polls on Tuesday.

Nairobi nominations which were set for Friday were also moved to Monday.

Sources said the Nairobi nominations were postponed to allow time for consensus in the standoff between Peter Kenneth and Mike Sonko who are eying the gubernatorial seat.

Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju made it clear that the party register and not smartcards would be used in the verification of members to allow voting.

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No Voting Yet in Kiambu County Jubilee Primaries

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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 Joseph Muraya

Nairobi — It is a slow start for Jubilee Party primaries in Kiambu County as nothing is going on in majority of the polling stations.

Hundreds of party members remained stranded in the polling stations as they waited for briefings from party officials who were yet to arrive by 10am.

Majority of them had arrived at 5am hoping to vote and proceed to work.

“Most of us arrived (sic) are jua kali traders… What is happening?” Lydia Wanjiru posed.

Her sentiments were echoed by hundreds of others at St George Primary school polling station.

Some were seen by Capital FM News leaving the polling stations but others vowed stay put until they voted for the candidate of their choice.

“Nothing will stop me… unless they postpone (the polls) but I have to vote for my leader,” John Mwangi said.

The situation was the same at Matopeni school in Ruiru and as well as in Githunguri constituency.

Other than voters, party officials had not arrived as at 10am on Friday.

Kiambu County, a Jubilee stronghold, is among areas where the exercise is hotly contested.

Leading candidates are the county Governor William Kabogo who is facing a challenge from Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu.

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Interswitch Benefits From Crane Bank’s Network

By Bernard Busuulwa

The takeover of Uganda’s troubled Crane Bank by DFCU Bank in January has indirectly boosted Interswitch — the local banking switch operator — through addition of 55 automated teller machines and a million customers.

The acquisition promises higher incomes in future from transaction fees for the two players.

DFCU Bank is one of the biggest banks on the Interswitch platform, which is controlled by Interswitch Ltd of Nigeria. Centenary Bank, the other dominant lender connected to the Interswitch platform, operates 96 ATMs and has grown its customer base to more than 1.3 million people to date.

The interbank platform has so far signed up 11 commercial banks, two credit institutions and one microfinance institution. Crane Bank was acquired by DFCU Bank three months ago following the central Bank’s decision to terminate its statutory management role and transfer a significant portion of its assets and liabilities to the listed lender.

Crane Bank had been put under statutory management in October last year by the Bank of Uganda on account of severely depleted capital levels, surging credit default rates and falling corporate governance standards.

Its credit default ratio, for instance, stood at 30 per cent at the end of September 2016, according to BoU records, with the largest defaulting borrowers pegged to the real estate and construction sectors.

Prior to the takeover, Crane Bank had nearly one million customers, 46 branches and 96 ATMs. In comparison, DFCU had a customer base of about 200,000 people, more than 50 branches and 45 ATMs before the acquisition.

However, the integration of Crane Bank’s operations onto the DFCU platform has seen its ATM network expand from 45 to 100 service locations spread countrywide while its branch network is estimated at 70 outlets. This in turn, will expand Interswitch’s ATM network to more than 375 service points this year, with about 11 ATMs owned by the switch operator. Significant expansion of Interswitch’s footprint is expected to witness more service points located across the country and increase transaction volumes and fees earned by DFCU Bank and the switch operator.

Previous negotiations undertaken by Interswitch Ltd and leading banks that included Stanbic Bank Uganda, Standard Chartered Bank Uganda and Barclays Bank Uganda, which exited the platform in 2007, did not bear fruit.

Failure to attract more than one large bank depressed growth of transaction volumes and fees registered on the Interswitch platform in the past, leading to years of loss making, industry experts say.Though DFCU Bank and Interswitch were yet to confirm projected growth in transaction volumes and fees following the Crane Bank acquisition, the integration of former Crane Bank customers could take longer in light of large scale card swapping planned in coming months. Under the integration strategy, former Crane Bank customers will be allowed to exchange old Visa Cards with new chip and pin Visa cards before achieving full adoption on the DFCU platform.”Our ATM network has increased from 45 ATMs to 100 ATMs after the takeover of Crane Bank. The entire integration process for the former Crane Bank customers will take six to12 months,” said William Sekabembe, executive director at DFCU Bank

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Security Tight As Hopefuls Face Off in Hotly Contested Primaries

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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

Security has been beefed up in the Rift Valley region ahead of Friday’s Jubilee Party nominations.

The primaries will be hotly contested in most of the counties, which happen to be Jubilee strongholds.

Rift Valley regional coordinator Wanyama Musiambo said on Thursday that security teams in the region were on high alert.

Speaking to Nation, he said more than 1,000 security officers had been deployed to tighten the security of aspirants and voters.

“More police officers have been deployed to areas marked as possible violence areas and places where violence has been reported during the nomination campaigns,” he said.

“We will be very strict on matters of security as we want a peaceful exercise. Let us vote peacefully as elections come and go. Let us maintain and preach peace,” noted Mr Musiambo.

NO TO CHAOS

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He further urged politicians not to attempt to cause violence and called on residents not to be used by politicians to cause chaos.The primaries will take place in Elgeyo-Marakwet, Uasin Gishu, Baringo, Bomet, Laikipia, Kericho, West Pokot, Nandi, Nakuru, Kajiado, Narok and Trans Nzoia.Nominations in Turkana and Samburu counties will be held on April 25.It is expected to be a battle of titans especially in Uasin Gishu, where billionaire Zedekiah Bundotich, popularly known as Buzeki, will face off with incumbent Governor Jackson Mandago. In Nakuru, a stiff contest is also expected between incumbent Governor Kinuthia Mbugua and former chairman of the National Transport and Safety Authority Chairman Lee Kinyanjui and former Naivasha MP John Mututho.Jubilee Nakuru branch Secretary Kiplangat Cheruiyot said all arrangements had been made for a smooth exercise.”The party has set rules that every aspirant will have only one agent so that we don’t bring about confusion,” he said. He said aspirants who engage in any acts of violence will be disqualified.HATE SPEECHIn Narok, the county security team said security has been beefed and warned politicians against propagating hate speech or causing chaos that they will be arrested.County Commissioner Moffat Kangi, who chairs the committee, said the government would not tolerate individuals and politicians who go about spreading tension for their own selfish motives.In Laikipia and Nyandarua, aspirants pledged to maintain peace during the primaries.Police in the region promised to provide adequate security. Nyandarua County Police Commander Philip Opiyo said: “We have finalised security arrangements. We are warning aspirants against ferrying and inciting youths to cause violence if they lose. They will be met with the full force of the law.Led by gubernatorial aspirants Thuita Mwangi and Mr Nderitu Muriithi, Laikipia aspirants pledged to ensure that their supporters conduct themselves appropriately during and after the nominations and in the run-up to the General Election.Nyandarua Governor Daniel Waithaka and Senator Muriuki Karue (gubernatorial aspirant), among others, also urged supporters to maintain peace.Eric Matara, Magdalene Wanja, Joseph Openda, George Sayagie and Steve Njuguna

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

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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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Do-or-Die Battles in Kenya’s Ruling Party Primaries


Delays As Jubilee Party Holds Primaries in 21 CountiesJubilee Says Bomet Primaries to Proceed As ScheduledDo-or-Die Primary Battles in Ruling Party StrongholdsSecurity Tight As Hopefuls Face Off in Hotly Contested Primaries

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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