Machakos governor Alfred Mutua has stepped out to provide a lifeline for candidates who feel hard done by in the Jubilee Party primaries.
The Maendeleo Chap Chap boss urged aspirants rigged out in the ongoing party primaries to join his party. He said the law allowed party hopping up until May 8, three months to the election.
“If things have not worked out well in the primaries, just join Maendeleo Chap Chap,” said Mutua in a statement.
“No candidate should be locked out of the ballot. The law is very clear on the issue.”
President Uhuru Kenyatta has, meanwhile, apologized for the under-preparedness and cancellation of the Jubilee Party primaries held on Friday, April 21.
“We unreservedly apologize to the millions of our party supporters and aspirants for the under preparedness for the magnitude and scale of the nomination exercise,” said Mr. Kenyatta.
“We were not unprepared; we were under prepared for the turnout that we experienced. Nobody expected the kind of turnout we saw yesterday.”
Uhuru reaffirmed that the reason for the cancellation of the whole process was due to his party’s commitment to deliver free, fair and transparent nominations. This followed complaints from aspirants who accused the party of incompetence.
“We took an unprecedented and difficult decision to cancel the entire nomination exercise because doing anything to contrary may have resulted in a subversion of the democratic will of the people.”
Jubilee Party secretary general Raphael Tuju had previously held a media conference at the party’s headquarters in Nairobi, taking responsibility for the situation.
“I apologize for the inconvenience caused to our aspirants and supporters,” said Tuju.
“I will take responsibility for the mess. These things took place under my watch. I will work to ensure our supporters get a chance to elect the leaders they prefer to fly Jubilee’s flag.”
No rerun date has been announced as the Jubilee’s National Elections Board re-maps the entire process with a new revised and detailed timetable.