Nairobi — President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP) supporters to conduct peaceful campaigns during the Kajiado Central by-election set for March 16.
He said JAP is a mature party that stands for peace, adding that the party will unite Kenyans and not divide the people through many parties.
President Kenyatta said JAP organised democratic nominations and people picked Mr Patrick Tutui to carry the party’s flag in the Kajiado Central by-elections.
“Those who lost in the nominations should work with the victor,” President Kenyatta said.
President Kenyatta spoke today when he visited the JAP headquarters in Lavington, Nairobi, and presented Mr Tutui with the party’s nomination certificate.
National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale asked the opposition to stop dividing people and instead concentrate on preparing itself for the next elections.
“The Jubilee Alliance knows who its captain is. President Kenyatta is the leader and Jubilee is our party,” Mr Duale said.
Speaking during the occasion, Mr Tutui thanked President Kenyatta for the honour of handing him the JAP certificate. He described the JAP nomination as “the most rigorous he has ever gone through”.
JAP Vice-Chairman David Murathe noted that when TNA was formed, the party won its first Parliamentary seat in Kajiado North. The new seat for JAP will be Kajiado Central, he said.
JAP Secretary-General Veronica Maina explained that JAP was previously called the Conservative Party and a member of the Jubilee coalition, adding that it is not a new party.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery said he had only accompanied the President to the function and would not involve himself in politics because a CS is not allowed by the Constitution.