Tribunal directs Jubilee to hold nominations in Naivasha

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The Political Parties Disputes Tribunal has directed the Jubilee Party to hold MP nominations for Naivasha constituency. 

The party had handed Ndegwa Nguthiru a direct ticket as its parliamentary candidate for the seat through consensus.

The tribunal ordered that the primaries be held in conformity with IEBC timelines. 

Lawyer Njoroge Ngigi who filed the petition argued that Naivasha residents were never given a chance to exercise their democratic rights.

Njoroge, who is also seeking the parliamentary seat, lauded the court’s decision noting that justice had been done and the electorate given a chance to choose their candidate.

“We are happy with the court’s decision to annul the Naivasha nomination and we are calling on the Jubilee party to call for a fresh exercise,” he said on Friday.

Addressing the press in Naivasha, he noted that the boardroom decision had adversely affected the party’s popularity but was hopeful that this could be rectified.

“Unlike other aspirants who went Independent, I have stuck with Jubilee as I am sure that under Azimio la Umoja, we shall win in the next elections,” he said.

Already, tens of aspirants who were seeking to vie for various seats using Jubilee in the country have gone independent while others are in court seeking a refund of their nomination fees.

Stephen Mwangi, a party supporter, lashed out at the party’s leadership for nominating an ‘outsider’ for them.

He said that voters had been denied their democratic right by being locked out popular candidates in Naivasha.

“The court has come to our rescue as few individuals wanted to impose a leader on us which amounts to dictatorship,” he said.

Another supporter, Mary Njeri, noted that the candidate picked by the party had failed four consecutive times.

“We are lifetime members of Jubilee but we are deeply concerned over the manner that they picked candidates for particular seats without involving voters,” she said.

 Anderson Gitau echoed her sentiments saying that an aspirant should be a reflection of the voters’s wishes and not the wishes of a few individuals.

“The Jubilee leadership alleges that they used consensus and negotiated democracy to nominate aspirants and this amounts to dictatorship,” he said.

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