– Uhuru says any aspirant who engages in acts of violence or misconduct during the Jubilee primaries will be punished severely
– The party nominations takes place on Friday April 21 for a select 22 counties and April 24 for Nairobi county
– Uhuru also denied having any favorites in the primaries
President Uhuru Kenyatta has read the riot act to all Jubilee party aspirants ahead of the primaries set for Friday April 21.
Uhuru during a televised address from State House, Nairobi on Thursday April 20 warned that any aspirant who will engage in violence will be automatically disqualified.
The Jubilee party leader also reiterated he had no favorites among the many politicians battling it out during the Jubilee nominations.
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“You must absolutely reject engaging in any violence …Any acts of violence will lead to disqualification and misconduct will be subject to penalties under law in line with the relevant Acts,” said a tough talking Uhuru.
Several acts of violence have been experienced in various parts of the country during the ODM nominations while some Jubilee aspirants and their supporters have also been caught up in chaos.
The Head of State said a culture of hooliganism in the Jubilee primaries will not be allowed to happen.
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Uhuru also added that police had been empowered to deal with any violence during party nominations in accordance with Article 31 of the Elections Act.
“My government is committed to enforcing the rule of law and ensuring the security of all citizens,” added Uhuru.
He also said his party would ensure a free, fair, transparent and credible primary and at the same time denied that he was supporting any aspirant.
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“There are no candidates favored by either myself or the Jubilee party leadership and I will work with the people that the wananchi elect and together, we shall present to the nation our shared vision and agenda,” added Uhuru.
More than 60,000 Jubilee officials and staff will be involved in the primaries with the president hailing them for the great work but also warning them against engaging in any irregularities.
He also added that ballot papers have specific security features to avoid theft.
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