Nakuru governor Lee Kinyanjui has urged president Uhuru to crack the whip on party officials to save it from embarrassments in upcoming by-elections.
This is following massive losses in three by-elections in Rurii ward in Nyandarua county, Juja, and Bonchari parliamentary election.
In a statement to newsrooms, Kinyanjui said that Jubilee is burdened by heavy dead weights and people who do not add any value.
The governor cited that continued loss in by-elections will reduce the party’s popularity ahead of the 2022 General Election.
“In recent by-elections, our promise to uphold the will of the people and respect their democratic right has been violated at the nomination level resulting in the entry of unpopular candidates,
“Flawed nominations leave a bitter taste on the supporters who seek to revenge in the real election,” he said.
“The outcome of recent by-elections show a growing disconnect with the public feelings. We cannot address this challenge by denying its existence,” he added.
As a result of the loss, Kinyanjui called for changes in the party leadership in order to restore its lost glory.
He accused the current leadership of selecting candidates based on personal relationships and not merit.
“Political parties are vehicles for propelling the political aspirations of its members. Imposing candidates because of connections emotions or economic gain is to write own obituary’
“Consequently, we strongly believe it is time to institute drastic and wide-ranging changes at the party helm; to inject fresh blood and rejuvenate the dreams of its support base. This is a necessary bitter pill that we must swallow,” he went on.
After the 3 losses, the party has changed its operations ahead of Kiambaa Constituency and Muguga ward by-elections.
Contrary to holding nominations through elections, Jubilee will start interviewing candidates. And whoever will prove to the National Management Committee that he/she is the best, will be chosen to propel the party ticket.
“The Jubilee party NMC after review of the applications submitted to County Elections Board by the interested members from the above by-election, desirous to contest on the Jubilee Party ticket, has hereinafter in accordance with the party nomination rules and pursuant to Article 11 of the party constitution, determined to conduct nomination by way of individual interviews,” read the statement seen by Kivumbi.co.ke.