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DP Ruto’s name being used as leaders impose themselves in Jubilee Party leadership

The wrangling among leaders is based on fear about how election boards would be constituted to work with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) during the party primaries.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 28 Sep 2016 12:24 EAT

Tussling over leadership positions among Rift Valley politicians has taken center stage with the name of Deputy President William Ruto being invoked by officials of the defunct United Republican Party who want to stake a claim in the Jubilee Party.

Controversy is brewing in the region, with a number of governors, senators and MPs proposing names of people they want to hold positions in the Jubilee Party which is currently appointing office bearers in acting capacities.

In Nandi, former Mayor of Kapsabet David Ngetich announced his defection from Musalia Mudavadi’s Amani National Congress party and declared himself the chairman of Jubilee Party in Nandi County. "Since I will not be seeking election for any seat I have positioned myself as the chairman of Jubilee in the Nandi County,” said Ngetich.

But Mr Ngetich's announcement was immediately condemned by other leaders who said the politician was imposing himself on the electorate. Many aspiring politicians want Jubilee interim officials elected by delegates drawn from the dissolved Jubilee from  parties.

In Uasin Gishu and Elgeyo Marakwet counties, former officials of URP have taken charge of Jubilee Party affairs against the opposition of top Jubilee leaders in the region. Nandi Senator Stephen Sang said Jubilee is yet to roll out its management in the counties.

The wrangling among leaders is based on fear about how election boards would be constituted to work with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) during the party primaries. The party constitution mandates the board to issue nomination certificates for party candidates.

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