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Tuesday, 16 May 2017 14:09 EATjmwihaki@kenyafreepress.com
The main opponents of Murang'a governor Mwangi wa Iria have proposed that the Jubilee ticket be handed to a neutral candidate, according to information reaching the Kenya Free Press. During the issuing of certificates for the Jubilee Party nominated aspirants in Pangani, Iria’s certificate was barred by the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal due to the appeal made in court by his opponent Jamleck Kamau who claims that the process that resulted in Wa Iria's nomination was flawed and full of irregularities.
According to Mr Kamau, the nominations was full of massive rigging and bribery where some of the voters were even given fertilizers for their farms. Also, his campaign alleges that 200,000 ballot papers, which were found at Gakoigo in Marugu, marked in favour of Mr Kamau, were part of the governor's effort to incriminate him for rigging.
Both leaders accused one another of rigging during the primaries, with Mr Kamau, who is the current Kigumo MP, alleging that returning officers in the area were compromised. He also stated that some of the voters voted twice during the primaries. What has confounded many is that Mr Kamau has kept the case against Wa Iria even after he had announced his exiting the gubernatorial campaign.
After the results were announced, Mr Kamau rejected them but nevertheless announced leaving the race and said he would be supporting President Uhuru Kenyatta. He also said that he would not vie for the seat as an independent candidate even after some of the Central Kenya leaders including Kiambu Governor William Kabogo and 2013 presidential aspirant Peter Kenneth who lost in the nominations were fronting for formation of a formidable alliance of the independent candidates.
The issue of the two gubernatorial aspirants is still to be solved even after the deadline for the all parties to hand over the names of the nominated candidates to IEBC by 14 May elapsed. However, this website was informed of the MP's proposal that the Jubilee Party ticket go to a third candidate which is not him or Wa Iria.
"Given the circumstances where the party can't ascertain exactly whether Wa Iria won the election, the solution would be for it to break the deadlock by handing someone else the ticket," said an activist who supported Jamleck Kamau's campaign.