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Jubilee to lock out aspirants involved in poll violence

Former TNA party secretary general Onyango Oloo walks out of Kenya school of government hall after Jubilee party  grass roots elections turns chaotic in Mombasa on December 14,2016.Photo / JOHN CHESOLI

The Jubilee Party has warned politicians against imposing officials through violence and has threatened to dismiss people involved in chaotic grassroot elections.
The party officials said out of the 40 counties that held elections, interested parties disagreed in only four counties.
The party will take stern disciplinary action, including locking out some aspirants from next year’s election, it says.
Secretary general Veronica Maina said JP will not allow any aspirant to embarrass the party by engaging in acts of violence.
JP secretariat head Raphael Tuju said, “Wherever we have democracy people disagree and agree, and that is what we are experiencing in JP.”
Chaos rocked internal elections to pick 19 officials in each county. Many people were injured and police intervened to disperse warring crowds. In some counties, such as Kitui, some delegates claimed they were locked out of the polls.
In Mombasa, former TNA secretary general Onyango Oloo (pictured), who was the returning officer, was unable to restore order as supporters of Ramadan Mwatsahu mobbed and frogmarched him outside the Kenya School of Government.
Several items and the school’s property were damaged.
In Nakuru and Embu, police stepped in to stop chaos before national officials took charge.
In Homa Bay two factions fought over the choice of venue.
One of the factions planned to hold the elections in Homa Bay town, while the other group scheduled the elections at a hotel in Rodi Kopany—12km away from the town.
Maina promised JP will field candidates across the country in the coming elections.

-the-star.co.ke

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