It was after these rallies that the alliance was expected to announce the flag-bearer. Sources indicated the Murang’a rally was called off to give room for more consultation and probably agreement on the best procedure for nominating the presidential candidate so as to forestall a break-up.
By last evening, jubilee had not come out clearly to explain the process of nominating their candidate with TNA insisting it will be through secret ballot at Kasarani while UDF insisted the three principals would determine the criteria.
The technical team meeting in Lavington included URP spokesman Aden Dualle and Kipchumba Murkomen who is also from Ruto’s party, while UDF was represented by Dan Ameyo and Osman Hassan who is the party chairman. Johnson Sakaja and Jasper Mbiuki represented TNA.
Housing minister Soita Shitanda, who is on Mudavadi’s side confirmed a flurry of meetings had taken place since Saturday and the whole of Sunday to agree in principle on some issues. “All that may change depending on what the three principals agree. The meetings are currently going on,” Shitanda said when asked whether the NDC to nominate the team’s flag bearer was still on.
The minister revealed it was only the leaders who would come out and announce the criteria of nominating the joint candidate.
However, TNA accused Mudavadi of seeking the jubilee ticket through the boardroom instead of a delegates’ convention. MPs allied to Uhuru have vowed to oppose any attempt to arrive at candidate through consensus. “We want our candidate to be elected in an open and transparent process through secret ballot so that he can be owned by three parties,” Nithi MP Kareke Mbiuki declared.
Mbiuki a close ally of Uhuru insisted TNA and URP delegates would converge at Kasarani this morning to elect their flag bearer with or without Mudavadi. He said this before the change in date was communicated setting the delegates meeting for Tuesday (tomorrow).
“All delegates should be seated by 8am and there is only one agenda of nominating the presidential candidate. We expect to finish the exercise by 5pm,” said TNA Director of Communications Machel Waikenda.
“The meet-the-people tour was called off in Murang’a to help the TNA, UDF and URP leaderships effectively prepare for the nominations which will lead to picking of the presidential candidate scheduled for Tuesday,” said Cabinet Minister Jamleck Kamau.
Nakuru County UDF co-ordinator Pastor Mike Brawan admitted there was a stalemate on the mode of choosing their presidential candidate but was optimistic it would be resolved. He said Nakuru’s 15 UDF delegates would travel to Nairobi for the exercise.
TNA’s fears were compounded by an article authored in a local newspaper Sunday by Mudavadi’s confidant, former Trade Minister Mukhisa Kituyi, calling for the exercise to be conducted through consensus instead of the NDC.
UDF had indicated it was not aware of any delegates’ convention today with Dualle saying the joint NDC will be held between tomorrow and Thursday.
Dualle and Mutito MP Kiema Kilonzo confirmed the Jubilee Alliance would be in Kitui today for a joint rally before the nomination exercise. The Kitui rally will be used to welcome Ngilu officially into the alliance.
“We shall have a rally at Kitui Municipal Stadium to prove that Ukambani is Jubilee’’, Kiema added.