Jubilee party has unveiled its candidates expected to compete against those linked to William Ruto’s UDA party in the upcoming Kiambaa parliamentary and Muguga Ward by-elections.
Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju on Tuesday, May 24, announced Karanja Kariri Njama and Mung’ara Joseph Githinji as Jubilee party candidates in the Kiambaa constituency and Muguga ward by-elections respectively.
“We present to you Karanja Kariri Njama and Mung’ara Joseph Githinji, who has been nominated to represent the Party in the upcoming by-elections in Kiambaa Constituency and Muguga Ward,” Tuju said in a statement.
Karanja karimi and Mung’ara Joseph are expected to face off with Njuguna Wanjiku and Kamau Thumbi for Kiambaa constituency and Muguga ward respectively.
Candidates allied to UDA, a party heavily linked to Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto won in Juja parliamentary and Rurii Ward by-elections in what many have considered a protest vote against the Jubilee party.
George Koimburi and Francis Muraya were declared members of Parliament elect for Juja parliamentary and Rurii Ward respectively after they defeated Jubilee candidates.
Following the embarrassing defeats, the ruling party decided to change its nomination process in efforts aimed at ensuring its rivals especially those from Ruto’s UDA camp are beaten in upcoming by-elections.
Jubilee announced that it had opted for interviews rather than conducting party nominations for aspirants of the Muguga ward and Kiambaa constituency by-elections.
The Kiambaa parliamentary seat fell vacant following the demise of MP Paul Kionange who succumbed to Covid-19 related complications on March 31, 2021.
Muguga’s by-election comes following the demise of Eliud Ngugi, who passed on in March at the Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral, and Research Hospital.