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Monday, 19 Dec 2016 21:04 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
Nakuru County interim Jubilee Party officials have warned the Member of Parliament for Bahati, Kimani Ngunjiri, against antagonizing the party`s officials. The officials described Mr Ngunjiri's campaign to overturn their election as "a lost cause" which stood only to scuttle the party`s success in the county. This comes hours after Mr Ngunjiri held a press conference in Nakuru Town where he claimed that the recent Jubilee elections in Nakuru had been rigged.
Led by the local party chairman David Manyara, the officials called on the Bahati legislator and like-minded party supporters to express their democratic right with discretion "instead of polarizing members and dividing the party`s membership" which they maintained is galvanized in steering the national agenda in the county.
Mr Kimani`s attempt to pontificate about the party`s leadership elicited mixed reactions from members and citizens in Nakuru County, with a majority of those who spoke expressing fears that the interminable squabbles may dash the dream of the giant party at the ballot next year.
Mr Manyara dared the MP to rejoin KANU if he was "man enough", saying that Jubilee elected officials were ready to work with him only if he decides to tore the line. They warned Mr Ngunjiri against working with KANU to destabilise Jubilee, which they said was determined to win all elective seats in Nakuru County in the 2017 polls. KANU won two parliamentary seats in Nakuru out of eleven in the 2013 polls.
At the same time, the Nakuru Jubilee Aspirants’ Caucus has rubbished Mr Ngunjiri’s claims that the election of Jubilee Party officials were rigged and warned him against opening a parallel party office as he had promised. Under the leadership of Simon Ole Nasieku and Hezron Manyara, the aspirants accused the MP of "working day and night to divide the Jubilee Party".
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County