President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday warned all politicians against violence in the Jubilee Party primaries, promising heavy punishment to all culprits.
The party leader said several measures have been put in place to curb violence during the nominations and that the party would to not entertain any chaos. He further added that “any acts of violence will lead to disqualification”.
“Chaos and violence that feature in primaries will not be tolerated. A culture of hooliganism will not be accepted,” said the president at a State House press conference.
“Our party has worked hard and invested heavily in free, fair and credible primaries. Violence will not be accepted. Our police service has been put in place to ensure security during this exercise.”
His remarks come a few days after chaos marred ODM nominations in Busia and Bungoma with two ODM leaders nursing injuries.
The Jubilee Party primaries for Nairobi nominations have been postponed to next Monday from the scheduled Friday. Secretary general Raphael Tuju said the National Executive Committee reached the decision after consultations with the board.
The President praised the Jubilee officials for their work but warned them about their conduct ahead. He also urged supporters to reject violence but rather turn up to vote for their candidates.
Uhuru further asked Jubilee aspirants who are not satisfied to report their issues instead of taking inappropriate actions.
“Any aspirant who is not satisfied should raise the matter in a civil manner. Let us show everyone that party primaries can be conducted in a calm and professional and a civil manner.”
“I encourage all Jubilee members to come out tomorrow to play their part in our democracy and ensure the best aspirants are selected.”
Uhuru ended by urging those who will lose the nominations not to despair. He, however, added that he looked forward to partnering and campaigning with the winners of the Jubilee Party primaries.