Twist in Jubilee's Replacement of Expelled Nominated Senators

  • Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju during a press briefing on January 9, 2019.
    Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju during a press briefing on January 9, 2019.
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  • The Jubilee Party has taken a new direction in replacing the six nominated senators kicked out by the party over alleged gross violation of party rules

    Reports indicate that the ruling party has affirmed to disqualify some of the candidates on the list extended to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

    According to Jubilee Party secretary General Raphael Tuju, the party would review the membership status of the nominees before they are considered for nomination. 

    The new twist came after it emerged that a majority of those who were next in the party list were allied to Deputy President William Ruto. 

    Jubilee former deputy secretary-general Caleb Kositany, secretary-general Raphael Tuju and Veronica Maina at Jubilee House on February 22, 2017.
    Jubilee former deputy secretary-general Caleb Kositany, secretary-general Raphael Tuju and Veronica Maina at Jubilee House on February 22, 2017.
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    The law requires parties to present a list of nominees to the IEBC before each general election. The list is then used to pick nominated senators for the next five years until another general election is held.

    Among those whose names were included in the list Jubilee submitted to IEBC in 2017 include United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Secretary General Veronica Maina, Caroline Daudi, Fransisca Kamuren, Beatrice Gambo and Joyce Amasong.

    Tuju affirmed that those allied to other political parties and agendas would not receive any nomination.

    "She (Maina) is the Secretary-General of UDA. That means she cannot be nominated by Jubilee to the Senate.

    "Again, some of the people in the list to the IEBC list stopped paying the membership fees. We will have to review the status of each nominee before settling on individuals to nominate," Tuju stated. 

    The news comes as the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal upheld the decision by the Jubilee party to oust the six senators over violation of the party's constitution.

    The expelled senators are; Isaac Mwaura, Millicent Omanga, Mary Seneta, Falhada Dekow, Naomi Waqo and Victor Prengei.

    The Tribunal affirmed that the Jubilee party was in order in dismissing the politicians from the party. 

    The six were found in bad books with the ruling party that accused them of gross violation of the party's constitution and advancing ideologies not in line with the Jubilee's policies.

    According to a letter dated February 8, Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju communicated the decision of the National Management Committee (NMC) to oust the six from the party.

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    DP William Ruto welcomes Nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura to his camp in January 2021.
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