- Mr Kamau got a reprieve when he obtained orders by the tribunal directing Jubilee not to forward Mr wa Iria’s name to IEBC.
- The governor also accuses Mr Kamau of flouting the tribunal’s rules by not swearing an affidavit to support his case.
Nearly a month after casting their ballot in highly charged Jubilee Party primaries, voters in Murang’a are holding their breath.
They are waiting to know who between the incumbent Governor Mwangi wa Iria and his rival, Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau, will get the nod to fly the ruling party’s flag in the August 8 General Election.
As in other Jubilee strongholds, victory for either of the two candidates in the primaries will give the winner a head start in the race to be the county’s governor in second term of devolution.
This, among other factors, is what makes the duel a high octane one.
Although they turned out in large numbers to vote in the Jubilee nominations of April 21, the outcome of the primaries, in which the incumbent was declared the winner, is still a subject of debate after Mr Kamau challenged the result at the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal.
During the nominations, Mr wa Iria garnered 205,941 votes against Mr Kamau’s 118,274.
But it is these figures that are at the heart of the row raging before the tribunal.
In his appeal, Mr Kamau says the Jubilee register had only 119,838 voters.
He is urging the tribunal to nullify the results and order fresh primary on the ground that the party did not use the correct register for the exercise.
The MP lost his petition to the Jubilee Party Appeals Board.
Early in the week however, Mr Kamau got a reprieve when he obtained orders by the tribunal directing Jubilee not to forward Mr wa Iria’s name to Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) as the party’s gubernatorial candidate pending the determination of the appeal.
However, Mr Wa Iria has risen to the challenge, saying that should the appeal be allowed, it will effectively affect all positions that Jubilee filled through the disputed nominations.
The governor insists that the correct register was used in the primaries and, therefore, the appeal should be dismissed.