Blow for Jubilee as over 20 Embu leaders ditch Uhuru's party for fear of rigging

Jubilee party has been dealt a heavy blow following a series of defections in the past one week.

 

Embu Senator Lenny Kivuti and Deputy Governor, Dorothy Nditi defected to Maendeleo Chap Chap Party.

Together with Mbeere North MP Charles Njagagua and 23 MCAs, the politicians left Jubilee citing lack of transparency in the party leadership in Embu County.

Jubilee has suffered a series of defections in the past one week in the president Kenyatta’s backyard.

Last week the former education adviser to President Uhuru Kenyatta,Dr. Kilemi Mwiria, also ditched the jubilee party and defected to MCC, headed by Machakos governor, Dr. Alfred Mutua for the same reason.

Dr. Kilemi hopes to unseat the incumbent Meru governor, Peter Munya.

Kivuti however added despite the defection, they will still support President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election bid in the August 8 polls.

"Whatever we do we shall support Uhuru since we have no problem with him and we shall vote for him," Kivuti told journalists in his Kanyaumbora residence on Saturday.

The Senator said he defected to Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua's party after being persuaded by Embu residents, whom he said had lost confidence in how Jubilee was running party affairs in the county.

Kivuti announced he will be leading a delegation on Monday to the Maendeleo Chap Chap headquarters in Nairobi to officially register with the party.

The Embu Senator further revealed that Runyenjes MP, Cecily Mbarire who has also declared interest in Embu gubernatorial seat was frustrated in the President’s party and may ditch the party as well.

Many leaders eyeing the Jubilee Party ticket fear being rigged out in the nomination process especially after self-declared aspirants and elected leaders were named regional co-ordinators.

President Uhuru Kenyatta's assurance that Jubilee Party aspirants who lose out during primaries  will be given government jobs does not seem to have calm down any one.

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