21 April 2017

Kenya: No Voting Yet in Kiambu County Jubilee Primaries

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Deputy President William Ruto (left) and President Uhuru Kenyatta at the launch of Jubilee Party at Safaricom Stadium Kasarani in Nairobi on September 10, 2016.

Nairobi — It is a slow start for Jubilee Party primaries in Kiambu County as nothing is going on in majority of the polling stations.

Hundreds of party members remained stranded in the polling stations as they waited for briefings from party officials who were yet to arrive by 10am.

Majority of them had arrived at 5am hoping to vote and proceed to work.

"Most of us arrived (sic) are jua kali traders... What is happening?" Lydia Wanjiru posed.

Her sentiments were echoed by hundreds of others at St George Primary school polling station.

Some were seen by Capital FM News leaving the polling stations but others vowed stay put until they voted for the candidate of their choice.

"Nothing will stop me... unless they postpone (the polls) but I have to vote for my leader," John Mwangi said.

The situation was the same at Matopeni school in Ruiru and as well as in Githunguri constituency.

Other than voters, party officials had not arrived as at 10am on Friday.

Kiambu County, a Jubilee stronghold, is among areas where the exercise is hotly contested.

Leading candidates are the county Governor William Kabogo who is facing a challenge from Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu.

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