In Summary

  • Mr Raphael Tuju, the head of the Jubilee Party secretariat said the National Elections Board will make a decision on the use of the cards.
  • The Jubilee team had described the Sh20 smart cards as a panacea to what usually are chaotic and almost always disputed party nominations.
  • So crucial was the acquisition of the cards for the aspirants that some took a break from the campaigns after acquiring as many cards as possible.
  • On Monday, Mr Tuju said it was people’s right to question how something they had spent money on can be abandoned, arguing for its use.

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party is staring at a crisis over what some now describe as an over-ambitious plan to conduct its nominations using a digital smart card.

Mr Raphael Tuju, the head of the Jubilee Party secretariat, on Monday said the National Elections Board will make a decision on the use of the cards, a double-edged decision that will cut both ways.

“The NEB has the final authority and will soon pronounce themselves on the smart card use after doing due diligence. They are on a fact finding mission,” Mr Tuju said.

The party is under pressure from its members and aspirants to abandon the card, but having collected approximately Sh140 million from the seven million cards it had sold, the party is in a Catch 22 situation.

Monday’s statement by Mr Tuju was different from a tough-talking secretariat that had on Saturday vowed that the cards will be used.

“You certainly must have the Jubilee Smart card to participate in Jubilee nominations. Any other information to the contrary is simply meant to mislead,” the party tweeted on its official Twitter account after reports that it planned to abandon the use of the cards in the primaries.

The Jubilee team had described the Sh20 smart cards as a panacea to what usually are chaotic and almost always disputed party nominations.

But it was asking aspirants to buy cards for their members that has presented a huge challenge for President Kenyatta’s team.

DISHING OUT CARDS

Wealthy politicians went full-throttle to buy the cards and went dishing out the cards, together with money to register members, who will be critical in the upcoming nominations.
So crucial was the acquisition of the cards for the aspirants that some took a break from the campaigns after acquiring as many cards as possible, and more than opponents.

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