Massive defection to Jubilee after Nkedianye joined

By Obegi Malack

Former Kajiado County governor Dr David Nkedianye on Wednesday decamped from ODM Party joining Jubilee Party to face governor Joseph ole Lenku in Jubilee nominations.

Nkedianye was received at the party HQ by the party National Director of Elections Kieni MP Kanini Kega. The former governor was accompanied with Kajiado North MP Joseph Manje who is his deputy in August race and former Kajiado West MP Moses Sakuda who is vying for Senate position.

Nkedianye addressed his supporters at the HQs and assured them that is ready for the Jubilee nominations.

“Those who said they had a ticket are now nowhere, we want peaceful politics and all tribes are united to work together,” he said.

Nkedianye was accompanied with several politicians from different parties including UDA Kajiado North MP aspirants Stephen Mositet and George Mugo who decamped to Jubilee Party.

Former Ngong MCA Paul Supet who was a liaison officer in Lenku’s government was also among leaders who joined the politician in Jubilee HQs. Others present were Marina Kelly,Wilson Kisemei (East), Douglas Keton(East) and Roimen Leiyan ( North) among others.

From left MP Joseph Manje, former MP Moses Sakuda, former governor Dr David Nkedianye and MP aspirants George Mugo and Stephen Mositet

Nkedianye’s move has seen several politicians abandon ODM party for Jubilee Party, Kajiado Women representative aspirant Simaiya Rakita defected to the party with several MCA aspirants.

Kajiado North MP Joseph Manje said the incumbent should prepare to leave office in August to create way for inclusive leadership.

Governor Lenku has maintained is the Jubilee bonafide member and has support from members. The incumbent had presented his nomination papers on Tuesday and said is ready to defend his seat.

Nkedianye’s team is banking on Kajiado North and East votes where he recorded minimal support in 2017, the former governor beat the incumbent in Maasai votes but was defeated with votes from cosmopolitan region Kajiado North.

Kajiado County has a total of 411,193 voters Kajiado East, which is Nkedianye’s stronghold has 102,804 voters while North where Manje has been MP since 2013 has 127,953 registered voters, Central (56,434), West (64,026), and South (59,976) this is according to 2017 IEBC report.

The Jubilee nomination winner will face UDA Party candidate, the party has four contenders MPs Peris Tobiko, Katoo Metito, former NTSA Director General Francis Meja and Dr Rachel Gitonga.

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