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Monday, 19 Dec 2016 13:04 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
Bahati Member of Parliament Kimani Ngunjiri has warned the Jubilee Party that it risks losing the 2017 general elections if the infighting within the party is not addressed urgently. Mr Ngunjiri also cautioned the coalition against mixing up the 2017 elections with the 2022 elections, saying that would likely compound things for the party.
Addressing the media in Nakuru Town this morning, Mr Ngunjiri said that the Jubilee elections in Nakuru County were not free and fair, noting that the elections were influenced by what he termed as 'cartels' within the party. The MP said that the poor people of Nakuru were never given an opportunity to choose their own party officials, and blamed the debacle on Nakuru County Assembly Speaker Susan Kihika and a local MP whom he didn't name.
"Things are not well here and we must speak out. We are mixing the 2017 with the 202 politics and this is something that will make us fail. We cannot allow people accused of stealing government money to come and use the money to bribe others as we head to the elections," said the agitated MP. He also said that, "One member of parliament from here who we all know his record and we know where he got his money from was seen hijacking the election."
The fiery MP called on the government to investigate what he called 'money from cartels' circulating in Nakuru County. He claimed that substantial resources were being dished out in a questionable manner by "criminals" whom he lamented were being rewarded with party positions. Mr Ngunjiri, who has rejected the results of last week's elections in Nakuru, has promised to unveil a parallel Jubilee county lineup by the end of this week.
He also alleged that there were people within the Jubilee Party who were planning to rig him out and dared them to do so, saying that he was in Jubilee to stay. He rubbished claims that he was on his way to KANU. The MP blamed Jubilee Party secretary general Veronica Maina for "meeting with cartels in a hotel to come up with the Nakuru county lineup."
The MP said that Jubilee Party elections should have started from the grassroots. He alleged the elections were being influenced by people whose focus is on the 2022 polls, citing disagreements over party elections in counties like Nyeri, Muranga and Mombasa as a clear example of how bad things were in the party.
The MP also cautioned Jubilee against fighting KANU and the Chama Cha Mashinani, saying the two parties were supporting President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election and should be allowed to look for other seats like other parties. He warned deputy president William Ruto against interfering with the politics of Nakuru. He said he will not allow the DP to destroy his political house.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County