While President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto are on record stating that the new outfit wouldn’t have preferential candidates in the election, Ruto’s allay Energy Cabinet Secretary (CS) Charles Keter seems to be reading from a different script.
Speaking during a fundraising at Nyabangi primary school in Belgut constituency, Keter declared that would put the county’s leadership in order by ensuring that his former Kericho High schoolmate, Governor Paul Chepkwony is sent packing.
Keter is fronting Richard Langat, the suspended National Social Security Fund (NSSF) trustee who is currently facing Sh5.5B financial misappropriation of fund case over the Tassia II housing scheme. But in a quick rejoinder, Chepkwony welcomed Jubilee Party’s decision that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission would conduct the party nominations reminding Keter that power rest with the people.
Keter’s remarks also appeared to rub Aaron Cheruiyot, his successor at the Senate the wrong way. Speaking during a fundraising at Kapsoit Full Gospel church, Cheruiyot who was accompanied by fellow senators Kipchumba Murkomen and Stephen Sang maintained that Jubilee Party (JP) doesn’t have a preferred candidate to wrestle the county’s leadership from governor Paul Chepkwony.
The senator pointed out that senior Jubilee leaders had stated clearly that the era when politician rode into power through political patronage had come to an end.
The Jubilee party leadership has been urged to ensure youths get a bigger share of the party’s leadership positions by setting aside seats to be held by young people.
A Youth leader who is also the chairman of the Friends of Youth and Women organization Allan Mburu has said it is vital for the party’s leadership to provide a conducive environment for youths to vie for party positions.
He said despite the party having set aside positions for a youth and women leader at both the national and county level, there is need to have more youths occupy leadership positions for better representation.
He said that this will make it possible for young people to lead alongside seasoned politicians and acquire skills that will enable them to engage the government effectively.
He also noted that it will be difficult for youths to effectively compete with experienced politicians who are wealthy saying that the party should provide a more enabling environment for youths to clinch more seats.
The youth leader said ensuring more youths are incorporated in the leadership of the party will provide a smooth transition during elections as older politicians retire from politics.
The jubilee party is expected to hold its party elections after the national delegates’ convention that will be held on September 9.
Mburu was speaking at Kambirwa shopping centre during a meeting to educate youths and women on how to empower themselves financially by starting small entrepreneurships.
He lauded the Jubilee party for its decision to employ the services of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission during its nominations and urged young people not to shy from vying for political seats as nominations will be free and fair.
He also urged the government to speed up the recruitment of IEBC commissioners and consider youths’ women and persons with disabilities to ensure there is equity.