The Star (Nairobi)

13 December 2012

Kenya: Jubilee Coalition to Hold Joint Primaries in Nyanza

THE Jubilee Coalition will hold joint nominations in Homa Bay, Kisumu, Migori and Siaya counties. The coalition's point-man in the region George Ayugi yesterday said aspirants from URP, TNA and UDF will battle it out in the joint primaries.

"We shall meet all the aspirants on December 22 to lay strategies ahead of the nominations. We want to warn other parties to be ready for a tough campaign," he said. The coalition, Ayugi said, will field aspirants for all elective posts in the counties.

"The four counties are not a preserve of any party. We are confident of winning some seats," said the URP official. Ayugi was speaking after registering as a voter at Kasagam Secondary School in Kisumu.

He added that the interests of the Luo community are catered for in the coalition. "All communities are represented in our coalition and the interests of the Luo are well taken care of," said Ayugi.

He said Kanu is not part of the Jubilee Coalition as claimed by some leaders of the former ruling party. "DPM Mudavadi joined us through UDF and signed a pact with us. We have not signed any agreement with Kanu," said Ayugi.

"It cannot force itself into the Jubilee coalition." He also expressed concern over the low voter registration.

"Most of the youths are not registering as voters because they are disenchanted with the last election and the failure by leaders to deliver on their promises," Ayugi said. "I want to encourage the youth to register as voters. All is not lost, there is light at the end of the tunnel."

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