Mariga’s nomination was unfair – Kibra by-election aspirant claims, threatens to appeal

Mariga's nomination was unfair - Kibra by-election aspirant claims, threatens to appeal
(Centre) Football star McDonald Mariga at the Jubilee Party headquarters on September 3, 2019. PHOTO| COURTESY

The nomination of football star McDonald Mariga to be the Jubilee candidate in the upcoming Kibra constituency by-election has been challenged by one of the aspirants who was also seeking the ticket.

In a letter addressed to Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju, the complainant, Morris Kinyanjui, claims the vetting exercise that culminated in the selection of Mariga from a list of 16 aspirants was done in secrecy and contrary to the party regulations.

“It is with sadness that the selection of one Macdonald Mariga Wanyama to be the Jubilee candidate for the by-election in Kibra was not only unfair, deceptive and shrouded in secrecy but also contrary to the provisions of the Jubilee Party Constitution,” said Kinyanjui.

He further claims that the selection exercise conducted on Monday by six members of the Jubilee National Elections Board was irregular and “a sad reminder of the dark KANU days.”

“Our Party Constitution in Article 11 provides that: ...the party shall conduct open, free, fair and transparent nominations in national and county elections through consensus, secret ballot or through the IEBC or other democratic method acceptable to the members under the supervision of the National Election Board and the County Elections Board,” said Kinyanjui.

“Not only was there no nominations conducted, but the National Election Board arrogated upon itself powers it does not have to conduct the aforesaid selection, and even then they did not feel it right to inform the aspirants and I only learnt of the same through the media; a sad reminder of the dark KANU days!”

Citizen Digital understands that Kinyanjui emerged third position in the evaluation exercise done at the Jubilee Party headquarters in Nairobi.

The aspirants were examined on among other issues, knowledge of party policies, ability to finance campaigns, understanding of parliamentary work and the vision for Kibra

In the letter, Kinyanjui has requested for an urgent meeting with Tuju to discuss the matter, failure to which he has threatened to appeal Mariga’s apparent nomination.

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