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A section of Jubilee Party members in Nakuru County have opposed the proposed party list for various nomination slots. The members mostly aspirants who lost in the Jubilee party primaries have accused a section of Jubilee leaders led by Nakuru county Jubilee senate nominee Mrs Susan Kihika of influencing the process of proposing names to be considered for nomination by the Jubilee party.
Addressing the media in Nakuru town, the visibly agitated members expressed their frustrations saying that the members who stood with the party after losing nominations have been sidelined and nomination slots issued to cronies of certain leaders including girlfriends and relatives to some of the leaders.
Led by the chairman of the Nakuru county aspirants caucus Mr Edwin Lesidai, they warned that the Jubilee party risks losing grip in Nakuru should the party forward the proposed party list to IEBC without involving all stake holders. The leaders raised questions on how someone who has been previously been nominated more than two times found way into the party list and wondered which criteria the party was using to come up with the party list.
They accused Speaker Mrs Susan Kihika, Nakuru Town East MP Mr David Gikaria, his Nakuru West counterpart Mr Samuel Arama and Nominated senator Mrs Liza Chelule of shortchanging the real members of Jubilee party
At the same time they questioned how one sub county had been allocated 17 slots out of the 39 nomination slots saying that youths had also been left out of the list. The disgruntled members are now planning to move to court to seek injunctions to stop the Jubilee party from submitting the list to the independent electoral and boundaries commission.
They have threatened withdraw their support for the Jubilee party should it fail to address the issue. A section of party nominees including Governor aspirant Mr Lee Kinyanjui are reportedly to have refused to append their signatures on the said list that threatens to split the Jubilee party ahead of the August polls.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County