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Nairobi Jubilee aspirants count losses after nominations are postponed

Jubilee Party aspirants in Nairobi are counting huge losses after investing millions of shillings on campaigns on Sunday in the last-minute rush ahead of the party nominations exercise that was moved to Wednesday.

The aspirants are now asking the secretariat to assure them that the planned nominations will be free and fair saying some incumbents had a hand in the postponement.

The aspirants claim that before the nominations were moved from Friday to Monday, they had invested heavily to print marketing materials and paying their agents.

Starehe MP aspirant Francis Mwangi said postponing the elections for a second time is causing a lot of harm to aspirants.


“We are aware that some incumbents have a hand in the postponement of the nominations, they are planning to rig and that’s why they are influencing the nominations to be pushed to Wednesday, which is the deadline to close party nominations,” said Mr Mwangi.

He added: “We want President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto to take charge of these nomination process because it is not fair for the party to keep postponing the nominations.”

“This is the second time the nominations are being postponed without valid reasons, the party secretariat must come up clear in these issue,” he said.

Jubilee Party secretary general Raphael Tuju on Sunday postponed the Nairobi party nominations to Wednesday saying this was to avoid a clash with ODM primaries.

Embakasi East MP aspirant Francis Mureithi and musician Charles Kanyi alias Jaguar, who is eying the Starehe parliamentary seat, as well as Nairobi Woman representative aspirant Karen Nyamu, have expressed similar concerns.

The aspirants said people should be left to choose their leaders.