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Handshake Put To Test As Jubilee Decides To Field A Candidate In Kibra By Elections

Simba Watkins

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It will be interesting to see how both Jubilee and ODM Parties will campaign against each other in the Kibra By election, in the current Handshake set up. The Jubilee Party has announced it will field a candidate for the Kibra Constituency by-election set to be held on November 7, 2019.

In a statement issued on Monday, Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju said the party had resolved to take part in the Kibra by-election “following consultations within the party leadership.”

“Following consultations within the party leadership with respect to Kibra Constituency, we would like to communicate to our membership that the Jubilee Party will be fielding a candidate in the forthcoming Kibra Constituency by-election,” said Tuju.

“Our analysis and consultations confirm that our Jubilee Party is competitive enough inthe forthcoming political contest.”

Candidates wishing to vie for the seat on the Jubilee ticket have been asked to forward their applications to the National Elections Board.

On Sunday, at Kamukunji grounds during a rally,  Raila  Odinga ruled out direct nomination for the ODM candidate in the by-election set for Thursday, November 7. Mr Odinga  also noted that the orange party will conduct its nomination exercise on August 31, before submitting its nominee to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) by September 3, 2019.

READ ALSO:Kibra By Elections To Be Held On November 7th, IEBC Confirms

He however, said that not all the aspirants will participate in the primaries as they will be subjected to a thorough vetting process that will see non-loyalists weeded out.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) made the announcement on Monday, August 19, through a gazette notice.

The commission stated that political parties have until August 26 to submit names of candidates set to participate in party nominations.

READ ALSO:Demised Kibra MP Ken Okoth To Be Cremated According To His Will

Addressing residents, Odinga said that ODM will hold its primaries on August 31.

Some of the candidates eying the seat include gender expert Sigar Agumba, who is currently Kibra organising secretary for ODM, party’s National Youth Coordinator Benson Musungu and MP Okoth’s personal secretary Samuel Ogweno Othoo.

READ ALSO:Ready, set, go: Race for Kibra MP seat now officially on!

Two women have also expressed interest in the post, including Melvin Moraa (ODM) and Ukweli party’s Editar Ochieng, founder of the Feminist for Peace Rights and Justice Centre.

Others include Toi Ogola, Brian Owino, Obaricks Ochieng, John Milla, Anyinga Junior, Patrick Lumumba, Faiz Ochieng and Mohamed Gore, all seeking ODM ticket.

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