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Friday, 05 Aug 2016 11:34 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
The Jubilee Alliance will vet its current governors and MPs for loyalty before deciding whether to nominate them for re-election, a key official of the coalition has said.
Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki, who is the leader of the Jubilee majority, has said that rebel party representatives will not be allowed to defend their seats on the soon-to-be-launched Jubilee Party ticket.
Speaking at Runyenjes Town in Embu County last Sunday, Kindiki warned: “Wherever you are, Jubilee governors, know we will not play monkey games. You must support our party. If you don’t, you will be shown the door.”
Kindiki’s address, in the company of local MP Cecily Mbarire, was seen as a warning to the local governor, Martin Wambora, who has fallen out with key Jubilee leaders from the Mt. Kenya region. The event was a fundraising meeting for local matatu operators.
Kindiki also accused some Jubilee governors he did not name for aligning themselves with opposition governors under the Council of Governors in order to undermine the government. He warned the governors to dissociate from the Council, claiming it was “not a political party which they can use for reelection.”
The Council is a loose forum for governors from all parties whose mandate is to help champion the legal and financial goals of county governments. It is non-partisan, though its main leadership position (the chairmanship) has been held by Jubilee governors (Isaac Ruto of Bomet and Peter Munya of Meru).
Kindiki claimed that the Council of Governors is a tool of the opposition. He also said that Jubilee had many ways to reward loyal leaders, but any elected office seen as undermining the president and the deputy president would be punished at the next elections.
The majority leader also accused unnamed governors from the Mt. Kenya region of using public funds at their disposal “to seek glorification” instead of participating in party activities.
He said some governors had shown disrespect to President Uhuru Kenyatta by not taking part in the president’s entourage whenever the president visited their counties.
At the same event, MP Mbarire declared her support for Kindiki to be appointed as the deputy presidential running mate when current deputy president, William Ruto, runs for president in 2022.
It is common for Kenyan leaders to scheme and publicly declare their interest for political office in future elections.
Kindiki emerged from relative obscurity as a university law lecturer to a senate majority leader within a matter of years, owing to his legal advisory to Uhuru and Ruto when the two faced crimes against humanity charges at the ICC.
He has promised to be on the joint presidential ticket in 2022 with DP Ruto. His campaign for regional leadership in Mt. Kenya region has seen him collide with governors Wambora, Munya and Samuel Mbae Ragwa of Tharaka Nithi.