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Jubilee Party has decided not to field a candidate in the forthcoming Msambweni parliamentary by-election, a seat that fell vacant following the death of ODM MP Suleiman Dori in March.
According to a statement from Secretary General Raphael Tuju, the ruling party has opted out of the elections owing to the fact that the country has very serious constitutional matters to deal with at the moment.
Tuju says that the current challenges facing Kenya will need sobriety and understanding between different political divides in order to solve the issues. Tuju says that owing to the recent corporation between Jubilee and ODM in solving Parliament matters, Jubilee will not field a candidate in Msambweni “in the interest of the bigger picture”.
“In the internal consultations, we also considered the other school of thought prevailing within the party that participating in the by-election is an important way of revitalising the party at the grassroot level. However, the decision not to engage in the contest is informed by the facts prevailing at the moment when we face challenges like the recent advisory by the Chief Justice that Parliament should be dissolved,” said Tuju, in the statement.
Tuju adds: “We have received enquiries from some potentially strong aspirants who would have wished to contest the seat…This announcement has been made in good time so that any aspirant who has interest in a Jubilee ticket still has other pathways to running for the seat.”
Other by-elections that will be conducted concurrently with the Msambweni mini-poll on the 15th of December include MCA for Kahawa Wendani ward in Kiambu County, Kisumu North ward in Kisumu County, Dabaso ward in Kilifi County, Wundanyi/Mbale ward in Taita Taveta County, and Lake View ward in Nakuru County.