In Summary
  • Jubilee aspirants expressed their disappointment, calling the nomination unconstitutional and a charade.
  • They said the nomination procedure should have followed due process, which is either nomination by consensus, secret ballot or any other democratic method agreed upon by members.

What was billed as a genius move by Jubilee Party to field footballer McDonald Mariga is turning out to not only be farcical, but also divisive.

Mr Mariga’s choice is facing hurdles among the party’s rank and file with the latest barb coming from Cherangany MP Joshua Kutuny.

The MP Wednesday said the mode used to pick the football star on Monday by the party’s National Elections Board (NEB) undermines democracy.

PROCESS

Speaking at Parliament buildings, Mr Kutuny said he expected the party to subject all the 16 candidates through a vigorous democratic process before settling on the best candidate.

“Politics doesn’t know a household name, we need to go back to the drawing table and put our house in order,” he said.

The MP now becomes the third Jubilee lawmaker to oppose the selection of Mr Mariga to fly Jubilee’s flag in the November 7 by-election.

Others that have opposed the election board choice are nominated MP Maina Kamanda and Mr Moses Kuria (Gatundu South).

The two lawmakers on Monday said they would back ODM leader Raila Odinga’s candidate in the Kibra by-election.

Mr Mariga’s selection has also been opposed by one of the aspirants, Mr Morris Peter Kinyanjui, who has appealed the decision of the board saying it was done in secrecy and contrary to party rules.

In his petition to secretary-general Raphael Tuju, Mr Kinyanjui accused the NEB of arrogating itself powers it does not have to conduct the aforesaid selection.

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