The Jubilee party has now embarked on preparation for the Kiambaa constituency and Muguga ward by-elections few days after suffering heavy defeats in 3 mini polls.
In a notice issued on May 20, the National Management Committee informed the aspirants that there is a change in the nomination process.
Contrary to nominating candidates through party primaries, it is now serious business at the ruling party as candidates will undergo an interview.
“The Jubilee party NMC after review of the applications submitted to County Elections Board by the interested members from the above by-election, desirious to contest on the Jubilee Party ticket, has hereinafter in accordance with the party nomination rules and pursuant to Article 11 of party constitution, determined to conduct nomination by way of individual interviews,” read the statement seen by Kivumbi.co.ke.
The party announced that the interested members should present themselves to interviews as scheduled, and expressed regret for inconveniences caused by the change of nomination mode.
These changes come after an embarrassing defeat by Jubilee in Bonchari Constituency where ODM won, Juja Constituency where PEP won and Rurii ward where UDA won.
After the loss, top members of Jubilee Party who were tasked with overseeing the by-elections presented themselves at State House to explain the reason of their failure.
Uhuru reportedly made a phone call to Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju and the party’s vice-chairman David Murathe to express his displeasure at hos the party performed.
He read a riot act to the duo over poor performance in the mini-polls mainly those held in his Mt. Kenya region.
“He told everyone to go home, arguing they were not telling him anything substantive. He said that going by the losses in the by-elections, they had failed in their assignments,” a source told the Standard Newspaper.
It has been claimed Jubilee party top leadership mishandled the nomination process in the run up to the mini poll hence fielding weak candidates even in areas it stood a higher chance of winning like Juja constituency and Rurii ward in Nyandarua county.