Jubilee secretary general Raphael Tuju has today announced that the ruling party will not field candidates in the upcoming by-elections across the nation. Speaking from the party’s headquarters, Tuju stated that the party decided not to field candidates in the mini-polls due to their existing cooperation agreements with opposition parties; ODM, ANC, Wiper party and Ford Kenya.
“With respect to participation in the forthcoming by elections, Jubilee is not to participate in by elections of Machakos, Matungu & Kabuchai. We are currently enjoying a period of constructive engagement with Wiper, ODM, Ford-Kenya & ANC with BBI,” Tuju stated.
The announcement comes days after a party allied to Deputy President William Ruto named its flagbearer to battle it out with candidates from the opposition parties. The United Democratic Alliance, chaired by former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama and allied to DP Ruto, has already lined up in the Matungu constituency, Kabuchai constituency, Machakos county and Nairobi county by-elections.
The flagbearers of the UDA Party are backed by Ruto allies who are still active members of the Jubilee party. The defiant politicians no longer take instructions from the party leadership. The newly formed political outfit named Bishop Margaret Wanjiru as its preferred candidate for the Nairobi County gubernatorial seat. The Jubilee party has however noted that it will wait for the conclusion of court cases that led to the suspension of the mini-poll. The party had however cleared philanthropist Agnes Kagure and former legislator Dennis Waweru to battle it out for its nomination ticket.
“As for Nairobi governor seat, we are on standby mode, as the matter plays out in high court & Nairobi County Assembly. We will be fielding candidates in the ward by elections in counties,” Tuju noted.