More Ju­bilee Party fac­tions in Nyan­darua

As­pi­rants elected of­fi­cials at a meet­ing on Satur­day, bring­ing the groups to three

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Central - NDICHU WAINAINA @NdichuWainaina

Wran­gles in the Ju­bilee Party in Nyan­darua county over its lead­er­ship have es­ca­lated af­ter as­pi­rants elected 19 “in­terim of­fi­cials to cham­pion our in­ter­ests”.

The hope­fuls elected the of­fi­cials at a meet­ing at Fa­ther Baldo Catholic Con­fer­ence Hall in Ol Kalou on Satur­day.

The as­pi­rants’ fo­rum con­vener Macharia Mukua said they took the move to en­sure JP nom­i­na­tions in Nyan­darua are free and fair, and that the in­cum­bent lead­ers will not in­ter­fere with the pri­maries.

Cyrus Kanyi from Ndaragwa was elected chair­man, Macithi Macithi from Kip­ipiri sec­re­tary and Martin Kar­iuki from Ol Kalou trea­surer. Dor­cas Gachau will rep­re­sent peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­ity.

Mukua said the names of those picked dur­ing the Satur­day meet­ing will be de­liv­ered to JP head­quar­ters in a grand match next week on a date that is yet to be an­nounced.

This has brought to three the groups claim­ing lead­er­ship of JP in Nyan­darua county.

Elected lead­ers, led by Gover­nor Daniel Waithaka and speaker Wa­home Ndegwa, in­sist they are bona fide lead­ers of the party in Nyan­darua, bas­ing their stand on the po­si­tions they held in TNA, which had the big­gest stake in the county.

An­other group led by the for­mer Kanu chair­man Nyan­darua branch Ki­mani Gak­e­nia has also claimed to be the le­git­i­mate in­terim of­fice-bear­ers of JP in the county.

They ar­gue they were the of­fi­cials of JP pre­cur­sor, the Ju­bilee Alliance Party, and, there­fore, they au­to­mat­i­cally de­served to be the new of­fi­cials.

The sec­re­tary of the Gak­e­nia-led team Naph­tali Muriithi, dis­missed the move by the as­pi­rants as fu­tile.

He said Regis­trar of Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties Lucy Ndung’u on Thurs­day con­firmed JP has struc­tures and no­body can change that with­out due process.

Speak­ing yes­ter­day, Mu­rithi said, “If Mukua is not one of the of­fi­cials whose names are with the Regis­trar, then what they are do­ing is fu­tile. But they have the right to the free­dom of as­so­ci­a­tion”.

But Mukua dis­missed Muriithi’s views as mis­guided. He said Gak­e­nia’s group should stop mis­lead­ing the peo­ple of Nyan­darua and as­pi­rants will ob­vi­ously re­act po­lit­i­cally.

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