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Why Jubilee rejected Ngirita, set conditions to vie on party's ticket

Nakuru Woman Rep aspirant Anne Ngirita defected from UDA to join Jubilee but the ruling party has disowned her.

Anne Ngirita

The Jubilee party has rejected the membership of Nakuru Woman Representative aspirant Anne Ngirita who announced she had defected from the United Democratic Alliance (UDA).

Ngirita, who is one of the suspects in a controversial National Youth Service (NYS) corruption scandal, was among the politicians who were received at Jubilee offices in Nakuru on Tuesday morning February 15, 2022.

However, by midday, communication from the party headquarters rejected her application to join the ruling party as an aspirant.

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Jubilee said that Ngirita must present clearance from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) to seek the party ticket ahead of the August 9 General Election.

The aspiring politician had earlier explained that she wanted to join Jubilee after feeling out of place in UDA, which is led by Deputy President William Ruto.

"Yes I was in UDA but I exited the party. This is because Raila urged those who had defected from his party to return home and I felt like the prodigal child. Moving to UDA was out of peer pressure. Hence, I will vie for the Nakuru Woman Representative seat," she stated.

Ngirita was at the centre of an NYS corruption investigation after she was accused of receiving Sh60 million despite not supplying anything.

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Her relatives, Phyllis Ngirita, Lucy Ngirita, and Jeremiah Ngirita, were all implicated in the scandal.

"Between them, they received approximately Sh400 million from NYS and used some of the money to acquire the properties which constitute proceeds of crime.

Evidence shows that on the periods they received the money, they went on a spending spree to hide their theft,” read a past ruling by then High Court Justice Mumbi Ngugi.

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Despite her hefty bank balances, Anne’s life has not always been a bed of roses as she grew up in a humble home at the Council Estate close to the lavish Lakeview Estate where they now live.

Her mother also supported 7 children with profits from their Wa-Gichini Posho Mill and a cereal shop in town.

Walikuwa maskini sana, walikuwa wanakula ile shida hujawahi ona, shida as in hata wale wengeona hawana shida kama hiyo.

"(They were really poor, they went through many hardships, like you have never seen. Even those who have trouble did not have problems like the Ngirita’s had),” a boda boda rider who claimed to have sat next to Anne at the Naivasha DEB School told Citizen TV during a past interview.

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