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Confrontations continue to mar Jubilee Party elections

The polls follow the merger of parties to form Jubilee in August and are key for control of the election machinery during the nominations.

There were also fears that candidates who would feel disatisfied could go to other parties.

Confrontations continued to mar Jubilee Party elections as key leaders sought control of the line-up of new officials nine months to next year’s elections.

In Narok, voting was delayed for hours on Friday as a faction led by Governor Samuel Tunai and another by his rival Patrick ole Ntutu differed over the venue. They held separate polls.

The governor said he was called by Narok County Commissioner for talks with his opponents but they failed to agree.

Mr Tunai’s camp elected former Narok County Council chairman Solomon Moriaso, Joseph Nchoe, Wilson Kiplangat, Salash Supeyo, Joseph Rotich, Meliyio Koriata, and Judy Nagol to represent the party.

On the other hand, Mr Ntutu’s team picked Mr Joel Salau Karrkarr, Lorna Timanoi Nkokua, Jocob Sang, Ntoros Senteu, Emily Tulito, Zahara Noor Ismael, Joseph Naitipa, James Seneyia, Bernard Koikai, Nkokua Barta, Jackson Kamuye, Joseph Kamau Wanini, Nasioki Kimojino, Christine Kodonyo(disabilities) and Solomon Mitoi Metere .

In Marsabit, Mr J.J Falana was elected chairman, Mamo Molu (secretary), Isaack Ibrahim (treasurer), Peter Likayo (organising secretary) and Sarah Eris (Youth League leader). The new Marsabit officials are allied to Moyale MP Roba Duba.

In Isiolo, Mr Mohamed Ali Muthale was elected chairman, Francisco Letimalo (secretary) and Anab Kassim (treasurer). The results of Mandera County polls were being awaited last evening with Governor Ali Roba supporters keen on carrying the day.

 

 

In Meru, concerns were raised over the choice of Jubilee interim county steering committee officials.

Aspirants agreed that the Thursday election was fair, but the choice of candidates set tongues wagging.

Jubilee stalwarts who are close allies of the Kikali (Kiraitu, Kajuju, Linturi) political outfit carried the day.

Imenti South MP Kathuri Murungi said the selection of the officials should have been carried out in accordance to party strength.

Mr Murungi said the powerful organising-secretary and chairman positions went to supporters of the former Alliance Party of Kenya.

Former Alliance Meru chairman Joseph Muturia was elected in absentia as the branch chairman. Former APK Secretary Alhaji Mwendia was picked as the secretary-general. Others are Joshua Baariu as the organising-secretary and Emily Makena as the county Jubilee Women League leader.

However, a splinter group led by Mr Jeremiah Gateri, wants Jubilee’s elections in Meru declared null and void.

The group of former TNA party branch officials dismissed the elections saying they were not fully involved.

They said the defunct TNA officials have been left in the cold by their APK counterparts. They pledge to fight until the polls were nullified. The group called on President Kenyatta to intervene.

Report by Kennedy Kimanthi, George Sayagie, George Munene and Vivian Jebet.

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