President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party has cleared 7,893 aspirants to contest for various seats in it’s primaries beginning on April 21.
The party, which is aiming to sweep all positions while retaining the highest office in the land, has 107 contestants for governorship, 156 senatorial aspirants and 170 for woman representative positions. The highest number of contestants are for the Member of the County Assembly seats, 6,476 while the remaining 984 applicants are gunning for the National Assembly.
Following the revelation of these statistics, the party made over KSh 715.8 million in nomination fees. This is in addition to the KSh 150 million the party made from selling membership cards that were supposed to be used for nominations.
Governorship aspirants paid KSh 500,000, senators KSh 250,000, MPs KSh 250,000, woman representatives KSh 250,000 and MCAs KSh 50,000.
The fee for the presidential aspirant was not included in the statistics which also show that Jubilee Party did not field candidates for governor in five counties. The party also kept off two senator and three woman representative positions.
The party’s candidates are from 261 of the 290 constituencies in the country.
Speaking in Kiambu County on Wednesday, President Kenyatta told aspirants seeking the Jubilee Party ticket to seek the mandate of the people, saying the party leadership would not favour anyone.
He used the opportunity to criticize the decision by ODM leader Raila Odinga to issue direct tickets to some of the aspirants, terming it as subversion of democracy.
“By giving direct tickets to some individuals, they have shown they have no room for democracy. Democracy is not about money, who you know or how well you glorify an individual but it is about the will of the people.”
“He (Raila) keeps saying he is the father of democracy, which father of democracy dishes certificates like ‘peremende’.”
Meanwhile, Jubilee Party executive director Winnie Guchu in a statement on Thursday said the party had submitted its list of aspirants to the IEBC.
She added that positions in the party are very competitive with one ward having as many as 25 aspirants for MCA. 17 for MP in one constituency, 15 for senate, 13 for woman MP and nine for governor in each county.
Guchu said the party will train 94 county and constituency coordinators and 2,016 county election board members which will oversee primaries at the county level. She noted that the recruitment of officials for primaries at the national level was ongoing but will close on Friday.