Jubilee face litmus test as the party proceed to nominations on Friday

The Jubilee Party nominations will see several top contenders face off especially.

The party is under pressure to deliver free, fair and credible nominations.

A majority of aspirants are concerned about the credibility following recent developments in ODM primaries where the Orange Democratic Party was forced to nullify some results.

The party competitions are expected to be high for the much coveted gubernatorial seat that has attracted political heavyweights from regions seen as President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto’s strongholds.

Key President Kenyatta and DP Ruto allies will square it out with some counties attracting as many as five contestants for the gubernatorial posts.

The litmus test

Jubilee Party will be facing its biggest test to deliver credible primaries and avoid any possible division or chaos after the nominations.

In Embu County Martin Wambora will is facing the stiff competition from  Runyenjes Member of Parliament, Cecily Mbarire, and the finalist will have a stiff mountain to climb as the winner face off with Senator Lenny Kivuti who will be contesting on a Maendeleo Chap Chap Party ticket.

In Nyandarua County seven candidates will be seeking to ouster the current, Daniel Waithaka, who will also be seeking the Jubilee ticket to defend his seat.

Degrees of competition are expected to go higher in Nyeri County when Governor  Samuel Wamathai will be squaring it out with Senator Mutahi Kagwe and businessman Gakuru Wahome and Evanson Kinyanjui.

This will get thicker when former Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary, Anne Mumbi Waiguru will be seeking to ouster Joseph Ndathi, Kirinyaga Central Member of Parliament, Joseph Gitari, and businessman Ngige Wanjau.

In Nandi County Deputy President, William Ruto, will only have to sit and watch the nine contenders all eyeing the Jubilee Party ticket. Cleophas Lagat, former ODM National Chairman, Henry Kosgey, former Agriculture Cabinet Secretary, Felix Kosgey, and Senator Stephen Sang among others will be shaking dust in Ruto’s stronghold.

Joshua Irungu from Laikipia bid to retain his dominance in the county will be challenged former Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary, Thuita Mwangi, his deputy, Gitonga Kabugi, will also be seeking the Jubilee nomination alongside two other candidates.

Kinuthia Mbugua, the current boss of Nakuru, will be in the ticket boxing circle against  John Mututho, and Lee Kinyanjui

In Bomet, Joyce Laboso, Julius Kones and Stephen Mutai will each seek to win the ticket and go for a mission to send Governor Isaac Ruto of the Chama Cha Mashinani parking.

Another turf face-off of the nominations will be witnessed in Muranga County when the incumbent, Mwangi Wa Iria, goes to the ballot with Kigumo Member of Parliament, Jamleck Kamau, and businessman Moses Ndungu.

But Nairobi County may sum up the joy of the nomination as the contest in Nairobi listed among the most hotly contested seats. Senator Gidion Kioko Mbuvi, also known as Mike Sonko will be going to the ballot with former Gatanga Legislator and 2013 Presidential candidate, Peter Kenneth, and former Starehe Lawmaker, Bishop Margaret Wanjiru.


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