Former top Jubilee official exposes worrying details about Uhuru’s team

The revelations come a few days after they were sacked from office.

The embattled secretariat official has recanted that there is a scam boiling up in Jubilee Party over the award of the ballot papers printing tender ahead of the party primaries.

Of the seven top officials who were sacked over party ticket scam are now blaming their exit on a high stakes scramble for Sh300 million ballots printing tender.

They have told a local daily that their ouster was purely a calculated move to bury the evident clashes in the party over proceeds highly waited for from the tender.

However, a few others attributed it to a botched dish out of the ticket to a key politician in the party who is said to be going for the gubernatorial seat in Uhuru Kenyatta’s backyard.

Jubilee Party is set to print out nomination ballots for 8,012 aspirants – of whom 106 are governors, 161 are senators, 171 want women representatives positions, 1,006 are members of national assembly and 6,568 are out for the members of county assemblies positions.

“I can tell you all this is contrived, including the stories said about it. The fact of the matter is that this team was a victim of selfish agenda of some of our bosses. People do not want to believe that they will not get a slice of the ballot tender,” a source at Jubilee headquarters told a local daily.

The mistake the sacked team did, their colleagues say, was to bypass the three top secretariat officials in handing over aspirants bio-data to the elections board for purposes of preparing the ballots.

Sacked officials are said to have been allied to the ex-party Secretary General Veronica Maina, who was quietly hounded out on discreet allegations of partisanship in the key gubernatorial contest among others issues, leading to her ouster.

A team allegedly comprised of four IT specialists had prepared a full-proof system of entering and verifying aspirant’s details into Jubilee records, causing a shuffle of feathers at Pangani based party.

It is alleged that when former executive director Raphael Tuju exited the seat and former electoral commissioner Winnie Guchu took over, two more IT experts came on board to take over preparation of the aspirants list.

“We continued with the verification but once we handed over everything, they decided to chase us away,” a sacked official said.

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