Nandi Hills Member of Parliament, Alfred Keter, has fired warning shots at a section of officials working in Deputy President William Ruto’s office, whom he is accusing of interfering with Jubilee Party affairs.
The controversial politician asked the group to leave office for “spoiling the Jubilee Party” after delays were reported in the first day of the party nominations.
The exercise failed to kick off in most polling stations in the stipulated time, despite voters queuing starting as early as 3am to cast their ballot. Voting materials had not arrived as late as 8am forcing some voters to go back home.
“We demand that they leave office for interfering with Jubilee Party affairs,” Keter said as he addressed his supporters on Friday.
The MP also noted that the ruling party’s primaries need to be free from any form of influence by government officials.
“We want a free, fair and democratic process, so that we can have leaders that we want,” Keter said.
Accompanying Keter was Governor Jackson Mandago and a section of Uasin Gishu aspirants. The county is one that was hit hardest by the delay.
Mandago on the other hand vowed that the primaries in the region will not proceed as had been planned citing shortage of ballot papers.
“It is time we crack the whip. We registered more than 100,000 new voters so we must have enough ballot papers,” an angry Mandago said.
Adding: “We have agreed as aspirants and members of the public that the primaries be postponed.”
Before the address, the Governor and Kapseret Member of Parliament Oscar Sudi, demanded the cancellation of the exercise.
“Over 95 per cent of aspirants are concerned that the nominations will not be fair,” he had said.
Mandago is fighting it off with Bundotich Kiprop, the founder of the Buzeki Group of Companies, for the top county seat.
JP Secretary General Raphael Tuju however said via a statement that there shall be no postponement of the exercise, saying it shall proceed according to the party’s schedule.