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Sunday, 20 Nov 2016 13:57 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
The recently-launched Jubilee Party could sweep Nakuru County in the 2017 elections if current trends continue. Recognised politicians from the county who have traditionally held to smaller parties announced their defection to Jubilee two days ago and attended a meeting organised for the party's aspiring candidates in the upcoming general elections. A notable defector was former assistant minister Koigi Wamwere who, despite strong support for President Uhuru Kenyatta since the 2013 general elections, had hitherto declined overtures to join the party.
Mr Wamwere, speaking on behalf of other aspirants for the senatorial, parliamentary and civic races, appealed to the head of the Jubilee Party in Nakuru Susan Wakarura Kihika to ensure primary elections were free and fair. Other spokesmen included Kuresoi South parliamentary aspirant Peter Ruto. The meeting was also attended by all elected MPs from Nakuru with the exception of Bahati's Onesmus Ngunjiri. Recent ODM defector Samuel Arama (Nakuru West), MPs Moses Cheboi (Kuresoi South), Nelson Geichuhie (Subukia), John Kihagi (Naivasha), Joseph Kiuna (Njoro), Jacob Macharia (Molo), David Gikaria (Nakuru Town East) and Woman Representative Mary Mbugua were present, as was Nominated Senator Liz Chelule.
Ms Kihika, 42, who is also the Speaker of the Nakuru County Assembly, was recently appointed as the Coordinator of Jubilee Presidential Elections Campaign in charge of Nakuru, Laikipia and Baringo Counties, a role that makes her the leader of the Jubilee Party in the entire region. A well known ally and confidant of deputy president William Ruto, Ms Kihika surprised many by her appointment, which elevated her above such seasoned leaders like Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua, Laikipia senator G.G. Kariuki and former MP Lee Kinyanjui.
Ms Kihika has reportedly won the endorsement of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy Ruto for her campaign to become the senator of Nakuru county. Governor Mbugua faces opposition from former NACADA chairman John Mututho while women representative position has attracted incumbent Mary Mbugua and Grace Kibuku. Hardly other parties have shown interest in countrywide positions, indicating their recognition of the hard battle they could face.