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Sunday, 23 Apr 2017 18:55 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
With only hours to the deadline of Jubilee Party primaries, four aspirants for the Nyamira women representative position cannot agree on who should carry the party's flag as mandated by the Jubilee national office. Local officials led by senatorial aspirant Joseph Kiangoi have indicated their intention to give the ticket to Ms Jerusa Momanyi but her two opponents have rejected the decision.
The other aspirants, Catherine Nyamato and Josephine Nyarera, say the party should consider the fact that Ms Momanyi comes from the same ward and constituency as Walter Nyambati, the presumptive gubernatorial candidate. While this website had reported that Mr Nyambati would step down for following the Nyamira Branch leaders' summoning to State House, we have since learnt that the officials led by Mr Kiangoi had adamantly refused to yield on Nyambati's candidature.
The other three women insisted that the ticket should be given to either Ms Nyamato or Ms Nyarera who come from Borabu, to ensure regional balance. At this point the women turned to the advanced age of Ms Nyamato, 70, as a negative on her. The other women argued that she would not attract youthful voters. "This infuriated her so much that she walked out of the negotiation table threatening to defect back to NARC-K where she has been an official," reported a source briefed on the proceedings.
Ms Nyamato's absence left the negotiation between Ms Nyarera insisting to take the ticket as a way of regional balance and Ms Momanyi insisting that she deserves the ticket having been in Jubilee for the longest time, vying on TNA ticket in 2013. At this point it was agreed that the impasse between the two be resolved in the presence of a high-ranking party official from Nairobi.