Jubilee candidates in the just concluded nominations have allegedly reconciled and vowed to support soccer star McDonald Mariga in November 7 Kibra parliamentary race.
The candidates had threatened to support the opposition candidate in the upcoming by-elections arguing that Mariga had been rigged in during the Monday nominations.
But taking to social media on Thursday, Statehouse employee Dennis Itumbi who currently works at Deputy President Dr William Ruto revealed that the candidates had reconciled and vowed to back Mr Mariga.
Mariga has been rumored to have been imposed on Jubilee by DP Ruto.
One of the candidates Mr Morris Peter Kinyanjui who had protested Mariga’s selection said the selection was “not only unfair, deceptive and shrouded in secrecy but also contrary to the provisions of the Jubilee Party constitution.
In his petition to Jubilee Secretary-General Raphael Tuju that was received on September 3, Mr Kinyanjui stated that Article 11 of the party’s constitution provides for “open, free, fair and transparent nomination in national and county elections through consensus, secret ballot or through the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC)”.
He further said: “Not only was there no nominations conducted, the board “arrogated upon itself powers it does not have to conduct the aforesaid selection, and even then they did not feel it right to inform the aspirants.”
Since Itumbi alleges that the candidates have reconciled, Mariga will now face ODM candidate who will be nominated on Saturday September 7 through ballot, ANC’s Eliud Owalo and Ford Kenya’s Eng. Khamisi Butichi.
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