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Chaos rock Jubilee polls as Senator condemns violence

Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki has called for peaceful Jubilee Party elections.

Prof Kindiki regretted that the exercise has been characterised with violent scenes in many counties and asked the members to embrace consensus.

Speaking at Kajiampau Polytechnic in Tharaka-Nithi County on Wednesday during the party’s election, the senator said there should be no power struggle among the members since they all have common interest and agenda

“We are all members of one party with a common goal of winning the 2017 elections and there is no need of conflicts,” said Prof Kindiki.

He said the party will win the 2017 elections with a landslide as it enjoys overwhelming support across the country.

He asked politicians to hold peaceful campaigns and refrain from inciting youth to violence.

The Senator spoke even as elections in Nyeri were called off after aspirants rejected poll model suggested by some party officials.

Aspirants and their officials demonstrated to protest the move.

Earlier, police were forced to whish away a former TNA official after youth barred him from entering the venue where the elections were to take place.

Youth barred Mr Mahinda Kanyora, who was the county TNA chairman from entering Nyeri National Polytechnic.

Former TNA chairman Mahinda Kanyora ejected

Former TNA chairman Mahinda Kanyora ejected from Nyeri Polytechnic during Jubilee Party elections on December 15, 2016. PHOTO | JOSPEH KANYI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Elections in Mombasa were conducted amid tight security at the School of Government on Thursday, a day after it was rocked by violence.

Two groups had clashed Wednesday, with each supporting their candidates.

On Thursday, Mr Matano Chengo was elected Jubilee Party county chairman, Mr Patrick Kabundu won the secretary seat, Mr Maamun Abubakar is the treasurer while Ms Amina Abdalla is the organising secretary.

In his maiden speech, Mr Chengo said he will re-organise the party by embracing the opposing group and cement its position in Mombasa, a strong ODM zone, to win seats in next year’s General Election.

“We will work with everybody. We will form grassroots committees with membership from both groups because we know it is only through unity that we will be able to deliver seats for Jubilee,” he said.

Isiolo Women representative Tiyah Galgalo has denied allegations that interim party officials had already been selected ahead of the elections to be held Friday.

The legislator, who is the region’s head of the President Uhuru Kenyatta campaign team said the claims were propaganda aimed at bringing disunity in the party.

“Any allegations of handpicking party officials is just mere propaganda, It’s just a lie by malicious people who want to tarnish the party’s image,” said Ms Galgalo.

Reports by Alex Njeru, Joseph Kanyi and Vivian Chebet

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