Jubilee party issues certificates to candidates in Laikipia amid protests from losers

The Jubilee Party has issued certificates to its nominees to vie for various political seats in Laikipia County, amid protests from losers who claimed that the party failed to exercise democracy during primaries.


Party National Chairman, Nelson Dzuya, after issuing the certificates to the candidates at a Nanyuki hotel, Wednesday, said that the aspirants had reached a consensus on who was best placed to vie for each of the seats.


“We settled on the strongest candidates for each of the positions before awarding the certificates and now we have a winning team of candidates for the August 9th General Election,” Dzuya said.


Among those awarded the certificates included Governor Ndiritu Muriithi, who will defend his position on a Jubilee Party after he ditched Party of National Unity, though he was absent, his Deputy, John Mwaniki,  is vying for the senate seat, while Laikipia North Legislator, Sarah Lekorere, will fly the party’s flag while defending the seat.


The move comes days after a section of nomination losers from the County petitioned the Party to revoke the nominations, failure to which they would move to court to have the nominations revoked.


The petitioners led by Mary Wangari Githambo, Woman Representative aspirant, Michael Waigwa Laikipia East aspirant, and Marlin Waweru Ndegwa Nanyuki town Member of the County Assembly (MCA) aspirant argued that the Party failed to conduct a free and fair nomination process and also failed to accord them a hearing after the exercise.