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Jubilee Won’t Participate In Matungu, Kabuchai and Machakos By-elections – SG Raphael Tuju

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The ruling Jubilee party will not participate in scheduled Matungu, Kabuchai and Machakos by-elections, Secretary-General Raphael Tuju announced on Wednesday.

Speaking to members of the press at Jubilee Headquarters in Pangani, Nairobi, Tuju said the decision is in the interest of the bigger picture of the good working relationship with NASA affiliate parties that previously held the seats.

“It is the decision of the Jubilee party that given the bigger picture of bringing this country together through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) avenue ceding ground to the NASA parties is essential to ensuring that we do not open unnecessary arenas for conflicts with our very able partners in the BBI, ” Tuju said.

The Matungu and Kabuchai parliamentary seats were held by Musalia Mudavadi’s Amani National Congress (ANC) and Moses Wetangula’s Ford Kenya. The seats fell vacant following the demise of Justus Murunga and James Mukwe Lusweti respectively.

The Machakos Senator seat was previously held by Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper party. It was declared vacant following the death of Senator Boniface Kabaka on December 11, 2020.

As for Nairobi seat of governor, the SG said the party is on standby as the matter plays out in courts following the suspension of the by-election that had been scheduled for February 18, 2021.

This is not the first time Jubilee is bowing out of by-elections.

Last year, the party withdrew from Msambweni by-election citing the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga.

ODM, however, lost the seat to Independent candidate Feisal Bader in the by-election held on December 15, 2020.

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