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Jubilee to field candidate in Kibra By-election


Jubilee party Secretary General Raphael Tuju.


The ruling Jubilee party has announced its intention to have a candidate in the city mini-polls slated for late this year. 

Secretary General Raphael Tuju on Monday called on party members interested in contesting for the Kibra constituency post to apply to the party's National Elections Board (NEB).

Through a statement Mr Tuju said following the party analysis and consultations the Uhuru Kenyatta led political outfit confirmed that it was competitive enough to field a candidate in the Kibra by-election.

"It is noteworthy that the neighboring Lang'ata constituency was won by Jubilee party candidate contrary to conventional political analysis", the statement by Mr Tuju read in part.

He asked jubilee aspirants to apply for the party ticket adding that the conditions and timeline will be in accordance to the NEB provisions.

The by-election which will be held on November 7 has so far attracted 26 contestants who are seeking the seat on the perceived dominant party in the area - the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).

The opposition chief Raila Odinga-led party has said it will hold its primaries on August 31 to pick a front runner. Speaking while he accompanied the the contestants for a political rally in the constituency on Sunday Mr Odinga said the party will vet the candidates before giving them a nod to campaign ahead of the primaries.

It's now clear that whoever will be picked by the opposition party will square it out with the Jubilee candidate and Musalia Mudavadi's ANC party which is reported to be touting former Raila man Eliud Owalo to fly its flag.

Now, all the eyes will be focused on the Jubilee top brass and especially President Kenyatta to see whether he will lead an onslaught against his newly found political blossom friend Odinga following the infamous handshake truce. The duo's parties have since the political ceasefire avoided fielding candidates for the same seats in the already concluded by-elections in Nairobi,Siaya and Wajir parliamentary posts. 

The Kibra seat fell vacant following the death of the area MP Ken Okoth who succumbed to cancer last month. Okoth was serving his second term on an ODM ticket.    


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