NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 25 — The ruling Jubilee Party signed new aspirants on Friday in what turned out to be an underwhelming event after the ruling party’s top officials promised a “real earthquake” in what would have gone down as a ‘Super Friday’.
The party’s newly installed Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni unveiled David Musila who defected from Azimio-affiliate Wiper Party to contest for the Kitui gubernatorial seat.
Others unveiled were Wambura Wa Maranga, 72, who is eyeing the Mathira Member of Parliament seat; Esther Gathogo who defected from UDA to seek the Ruiru parliamentary seat on a Jubilee ticket; and Ndung’u Gethenji, former Tetu MP.
Jubilee-allied influencers had promised to deliver significant defections and alliances amid reports that a principal in Deputy President William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza Alliance would join Azimio Movement, an alliance co-led by Jubilee and ODM parties.
Jubilee Director of Election Kanini Kega charged the waters on Thursday by urging Kenyans to remain alert as the real earthquake would be unleashed today.
“Real earthquake loading tomorrow,” Kega wrote on Facebook.
It was alleged that Kirinyaga Women Representative Wangui Ngirici would be pledging allegiance to the party after months of showing dalliance to the United Democratic Alliance Party.
Rumors were rife that Ngirici would join Jubilee Party instead of vying as an independent candidate in the gubernatorial race.
Ngirici ditched the UDA party led by Deputy President William Ruto on December 30, 2021, to vie for the county’s top seat as an independent candidate.
Ngirici dispelled the rumors in a Facebook post.
“Ati wanasema aje? (What are they saying?) No through pass my friends. Independent mpaka mwisho. (Independent all the way) Farasi Ni Mmoja. (There’s only one horse). Kirinyaga Kwanza (Kirinyaga First),” she wrote.
It was also alleged that Former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo who now leads Tujibebe Party would also ink a deal with Jubilee.
Hours to the Jubilee Party briefing, Kabogo would instead emerge from talks with Amani National Congress party leader Musalia Mudavadi.
Responding to the rumours that he was joining the ruling party he told off those peddling the claims saying they should “stop rumors”.
He thanked Mudavadi for inviting him for “a cup of tea” while affirming his commitment to Kenya Kwanza.