Uproar over Jubilee Party decision to pull out of mini-polls
SEE ALSO :Priest: Uhuru should retireMr Mawathe's win was nullified by the Supreme Court. Minyong’a alluded to a wider political scheme in denying him the ticket. He said it could be because of his perceived closeness to Dr Ruto. “Last Wednesday I had a meeting with Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju at the party’s headquarters and I told him they should consider giving me a direct ticket," said Minyong'a. "But I was surprised when he told me he had received instructions from above that the party is not fielding a candidate because of the handshake.” Mr Tuju said the decision not to have candidates in Ugenya and Embakasi South was to prevent a political confrontation between Jubilee and the Opposition.
SEE ALSO :Jubilee officials clarify on party poll“People are free to speculate or spin a narrative why we are not fielding candidates. But it is the position of the party not to have a candidate. We have made it clear that we want to foster unity and avoid unnecessary political confrontations,” said Tuju. He said the decision was arrived at after wide consultations within the ruling coalition. “Why should we get into a contest that is going to polarise us? What do we gain by antagonising ODM and Wiper at a time we are enjoying their support in Parliament,” Tuju posed.