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Jubilee Party primaries will not be a walk in the park

By Pamba Ouma | April 19th 2017

Since the formation of the party, Jubilee has been touted as a movement geared towards doing things in a different manner. However, their upcoming nomination exercise might prove them wrong.

It is well known that Jubilee Party resorted to a boardroom party officials due to fear of an incredible process if they were to elect. However, this would have been a litmus test for their preparedness in conducting a flawless process. It could have also allowed them cure certain flaws.

Well, it has already happened for other parties like the Orange Democratic Movement whose whole process has so far had a lot of hitches although with fewer cases of violence.

Jubilee Party may in some areas find a great challenge in controlling incidences in some places. Mostly, the Central region and Rift Valley where the party purportedly enjoys dominance.

There are already classified bruising battles in various places. Kiambu County where Waititu famously known as 'Baba Yao' will be facing it off with Kabogo the money maniac; has already been predicted to be a hot contest. Another stance will be in Uasin Gishu County where Governor Mandago will take on Buzeki Bundotich and lastly Embu County where Cecily Mbarire will be battling with Martin Wambora.

Preferred candidates. This is likely to be a headache especially in places "the party" has shown interest in certain candidates when the people are of a different view. In Nairobi for instance it is reportedly said the party prefers Peter Kenneth over Mike Mbuvi Sonko, an issue President Uhuru Kenyatta has come out to dispute.

Elsewhere in Rift Valley there have been complaints that the Deputy President William Ruto has his list of preferred candidates against others. This has sent fears into some candidates to the extent of some coming out to caution him of dictating on the people instead of letting their will prevail.

Another setback will be violence among aspirants and their backers. A few cases have already been reported with the most recent being the attack on Kesses parliamentary hopeful Mishra Kiprop and former ODM, Isaac Mwaura. Indications are that more cases might reported as 21st April draws closer.

'Chege Fresh' group of politicians. On the funny end, Kenyans have already been treated to drama by alleged stage managed disappearances. Who knows? There may be real cases coming up soon.

Despite all these fears the security apparatus through the Cabinet Secretary Interior, Joseph Nkaissery have come out to assure Kenyans that the one-day process will run effectively and peacefully. The prayer of most Kenyans.

The party officials have also been seen setting strict rules for the participants with an aim of ensuring a smooth process.

The Jubilee Party nominations will not be a walk in the park as they have wanted Kenyans to believe. There's some likelihood of not delivering a smooth primaries exercise. That shall be the point they meet their opponents who have so far failed the test of credible primaries.

Finally, just to clear the air: I am not in any way trying to justify political violence. I am only trying to tell Jubilee Party not to chest thump on what is yet to come. Party primaries has always been a headache that can be cured by separation of interest and growing of our democracy.

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