President Uhuru Kenyatta (centre), his Deputy William Ruto holding Jubilee Party smart membership cards after the launch at the Kasarani Gymnasium on January 13, 2016. PHOTO/UPESI NEWS
BY UPESI NEWS REPORTERS,NAIROBI 13TH JAN 2017-There will be no favourism in Jubilee nominations exercise slated for later this year.This was the primary massage during the launch of Jubilee aspirants and supporters smart card at the Kasarani stadium in Nairobi Friday afternoon.The party terms the launch as a one-stop solution to the membership list and headaches associated with primaries.
President Uhuru Kenyatta led the function attended by his Deputy William Ruto, a host of sitting governors, senators, MPs and MCAs at the Kasarani Gymnasium in Nairobi.
The aspirants and elected leaders sported Jubilee colours, red and yellow, and are waving the party’s flag.
The President sought to address fears of the him and Mr Ruto favouring some aspirants gunning for the party’s tickets, saying he recognises all them as Jubilee members.
“In here, we don’t have president, deputy president, governor, senator, MP or MCA. We are all Jubilee members,” he said.
“I don’t recognise William Kabogo or Ferdinand Waititu… I don’t recognise Johnson Sakaja, Mike Sonko or Margaret Wanjiru… they are all members of Jubilee and that is what matters,” he added.
Jubilee aspirants and supporters at the event. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP.
Mr Ruto hit out at the opposition led by Raila Odinga, saying they have nothing to offer the country.
He dismissed the opposition’s vow to remove Jubilee from power, saying if they did not make it in 2013 elections, they do not stand a chance in August.
The meeting comes just two days after the opposition, in a show of might, vowed to unseat Mr Kenyatta in the August elections.
From left: Nairobi gubernatorial aspirants Johnson Sakaja, Margaret Wanjiru, Mike Sonko and Dennis Waweru chat during the function. They are all fighting for the Jubilee ticket. PHOTO | UPESI NEWS
The card has a unique bar code that will capture the member’s details including name, identity card number and phone numbers.
The document will cost Sh20 and only members who will have acquired it will be allowed to vote in the party’s nominations.
After receiving the card, members will be required to send an SMS to 30553 to activate it.
Deputy President William Ruto (fourth left) and National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale (third left) join other leaders in a dance. PHOTO/UPESI NEWS