Why Uhuru Did Not Campaign for Kiambaa Seat - Tuju

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta and Kiambaa MP aspirant Kariri Njama during a meeting at State House on Thursday, July 8.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta and Jubilee Kiambaa MP aspirant Kariri Njama during a meeting at State House on Thursday, July 8.
  • Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju has disclosed why President Uhuru Kenyatta did not campaign during the run-up for the Kiambaa by-elections held on July 15, 2021. 

    During an interview on KTN News on Wednesday, July 21, Tuju stated that the president had more important issues to deal with including Covid-19 vaccination and joblessness among the youth.

    Tuju noted that the president did not need to campaign in Kiambaa while he was not looking for a presidential seat in 2022.

    Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju addresses the media in 2019.

    "I'm proud of the president because he exercised great restraint and focused on the most important things that concern this Country," Tuju stated.

    Further, the secretary general used an expression from the late English journalist Rudyard Kipling alleging that the DP was holding power while not being responsible to the people of Kenya. 

    "The Deputy President is on a completely different plane, he has decided that what matters to him is winning next year. He has no responsibility and has the license of a harlot, he can do anything he wants," Tuju stated.

    In the Kiambaa by-election, UDA's Party candidate Njuguna Wanjiku emerged as the winner after garnering a total of 21,773 votes against Jubilee's Kariri Njama who got 21,263.

    Earlier, some jubilee party officials had indicated that there needed to be a recount of the votes.

    However, the Jubilee boss dismissed the reports adding that such demands can only be made by the candidate.

    In addition, Tuju stated that the Jubilee Party was not in the process of merging with ODM as had earlier been speculated by some leaders.

    He stated that the two parties enjoyed a  Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that is pegged on working together.

    “The moment we sit with ODM, who have given us more than 100 per cent support in Parliament, then people start talking about a merger. They don’t even understand the word merger. There is no merger, this is an MoU to work together,” he said.

    John Wanjiku Njuguna alongside other UDA Members during campaign
    An image of John Wanjiku Njuguna alongside other UDA-affiliated legislators during the Kiambaa by-elections campaign on July 7, 2021.
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