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Thursday, 03 Nov 2016 14:38 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
A meeting convened by Jubilee Party members in Ol Kalou to discuss the line-up of the local party leadership yesterday ended in disarray after aspirants for various seats rejected the proposed interim officials. The meeting at Stem Hotel Nakuru was disrupted by the aspirants who felt that former officials of the defunct The National Alliance (TNA) had schemed to rig themselves into office without any election.
According to the line-up, the Speaker of the County Assembly Ndegwa Wahome, who has been non-aligned with the local factions, was to become secretary general in acting capacity, while the rest of office-bearers would come from the defunct TNA leadership. It was only the Speaker's position that was proposed on the floor, but aspirants for mostly MCA positions present suspected a plot by current MCAs to hide behind the Speaker and sneak in former TNA office bearers.
An aspirant for the Rurii Ward seat, Ng'anga Thiong'o, raised objections and was supported by his colleagues. However, Mr Thiong'o’s opponent, incumbent Peter Wahome Kamoche, had supported the proposal that the Speaker act as secretary general. The logic of those supporting the line-up was that, since TNA had been the most popular party in the area, its office should metamorphose into Jubilee before proper elections are held. Mr Kamoche was supported by MP David Kiaraho.
The meeting came a day after aspirants for the Nyandarua gubernatorial seat met the funeral of a Mau Mau veteran at Ol Kalou on Tuesday. The burial of Mama Mary Mumbi Kamoche, who is the mother of MCA Kamoche, attracted leaders from Nyandarua and beyond.
Most of the gubernatorial aspirants were given a chance to address the gathering, the first time such a meeting had taken place since different candidates began declaring their interest for the seat a few months ago. Tensions were high given the intense competition that the race has seen, long before elections are called.
Among those who spoke were the incumbent governor Daniel Waithaka, former permanent secretary for internal security Francis Kimemia, Dr Moses Ndirangu Kiarie and Dr Simon Kanyingi. Mr Kimemia is seen as the main opponent for the governor.
While the governor spoke briefly and left before the burial, Mr Kimemia stayed throughout the ceremony. In his speech, said the region had suffered considerably during the anti-colonial struggle, and thanked Mama Mumbi for her role in the struggle. He did not directly campaign for himself but he declared that Nyandarua had too many leadership challenges.
Dr Kiarie and Dr Kanyingi each said that they were the best candidate for the seat, and the latter praised the county government for establishing a Cancer Centre.