Jubilee supporters cause drama along Nairobi-Nakuru Highway

The supporters threatened to quit the Jubilee Party.


There was drama along the Nairobi-Nakuru Highway after Jubilee supporters paralysed transport for over three hours as they protested over the Jubilee Party nominations in Gilgil Constituency.

Thousands of travellers were caught up in the melee that caused a major traffic along the busy highway stretching into kilometres.

The protestors accused the Jubilee Party and senior party officials at the party's headquarters in Pangani of imposing leaders on them.

They blamed the party of denying Gilgil MP Mathenge Nderitu the nomination certificate and instead awarding it to nominated Senator Martha Wangari.

Travellers were left stranded as the supporters blocked the road as they carried placards in support of Nderitu while chanting anti-Jubilee songs.

Police were called to the scene to disperse the rowdy protesters who had barricaded the major highway by lighting bonfires along the road.

The protestors threatened to ditch the Jubilee Party led by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto over the matter.

"If Jubilee headquarters fails to uphold Ndiritu's win, we shall be forced to rethink our position in the party," one of the protesters, Mathew Gikonyo said.

They said the decision to award Senator Wangari the party ticket would cost the party dearly and would translate to a loss in votes in the region that is perceived to be a Jubilee stronghold.

This is the second time protests have over the Jubilee Gilgil party nominations.

Two weeks ago, Nderitu's supporters held similar protests over the nomination exercise which they termed as a sham.


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