President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned Jubilee Party aspirants against engaging in unruly behaviour, saying any acts of violence will lead to disqualification.
The President said misconduct by aspirants during the primaries slated for Friday, Monday and Tuesday will also be subjected to penalties in accordance with the law.
“Let me be clear and repeat the party position: any acts of violence will lead to disqualification and misconduct may be subjected to penalties under the law in line with the relevant Act,” President Kenyatta said.
The Head of State made the announcement today when he addressed the press at State House, Nairobi.
He said any aspirant who will not be satisfied with any aspect of the nomination process is encouraged to raise their concerns in a civil manner and use the internal party processes set up to consider and adjudicate on any such concerns.
“You must absolutely reject engaging in any unruly disruption of the process,” President Kenyatta said.
Noting that most counties have witnessed a smooth running of party processes, the President urged all members of the Jubilee Party to propagate the good example.
“Let us show everyone how party primaries can and should be conducted – in a calm, professional and civilized manner,” the President said. “I am proud to be the leader of the Jubilee Party, a party that brings every community together, working together in harmony to offer and build a new Kenya. A party that has already shown its clear vision and ability to bring development throughout our great nation.”
The President reassured all members of the Jubilee Party as well as aspirants of a free, fair, transparent and credible primary.
He emphasized that there are no candidates favored by either himself or the Jubilee Party leadership, saying he will work with the people that “wananchi-citizens” will elect.
“Your voice as the people of this great nation, your voice as party members of Jubilee counts. Your choice matters. I encourage all Jubilee members to come out on Friday, Monday and Tuesday and play your part in our democracy and ensuring the best candidates are selected,” President Kenyatta said.
He added: “We shall present to the nation our shared vision and agenda. As an administration, a robust plan that over the next five years will continue to build a new Kenya that is prosperous, achieves further economic growth and delivers quality jobs and services to every Kenyan.”
The President said more than 60,000 Jubilee Party officials and staff have been deployed to prepare the enormous logistics in readiness for the exercise to ensure a robust and credible process.
In recognition and respect of Article 31 of the Elections Act that governs party primaries, President Kenyatta said the police service have been put at the disposal of all Political Parties to ensure security of all citizens and communities during the exercise.
“My Government is committed to enforcing the rule of law and ensuring the safety and security of all citizens and communities during these primaries and the general election scheduled in August,” President Kenyatta said.
He said a culture of hooliganism during the electoral process must not and will not be allowed to gain currency and acceptance.
“I am confident that our process will be robust and credible and one that we can all trust and have confidence in. Several measures have been put in place to ensure this credible process that includes ballot papers with pictures and security features,” he assured.
President Kenyatta wished all Jubilee Party aspirants the best of luck, saying he looked forward to campaigning with successful candidates when presenting his vision and development plan to the people of Kenya in the upcoming elections.
He assured those who lose the Jubilee Party nominations that he will also partner with them to drive the development agenda for the nation, saying “Together we can win, together we can transform Kenya.”