By PSCU/Rose Welimo
President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned that Jubilee Party candidates who will engage in any form of violence or hooliganism will automatically be disqualified.
While calling on aspirants under the party to conduct themselves with decorum, the Party Leader said the party has a sound internal mechanism to deal with related concerns further warning party officials against any attempt to interfere with the outcome.
The President said misconduct by aspirants during the primaries slated for Friday, Monday and Tuesday will also be penalized 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 Thursday 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 through out 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 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.”