Governor hopefuls in Uhuru party in Nyamira differ over flag bearer

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party is facing a dilemma in Nyamira County over candidates who will carry the flag for the party in the 2017 gubernatorial polls.

This comes moments after the ODM national treasurer and Kitutu Masaba MP Timothy Bosire insisted that the Orange party which is predominant in the region would not give direct nominations to all aspirants.

According to the source who spoke on condition of anonymity, the Jubilee Party which is trying to make inroads in the region is rocked with a fresh row with two factions one led by former Kitutu Masaba MP Walter Nyambati and another by Nyamira County Speaker Joash Nyamoko.

“There is a serious crisis at the moment because Mr Nyambati believes that he is the senior most member and should be allowed to contest the gubernatorial seat without necessarily being subjected to nominations,” the source said.

The source added: “on the other hand, the young group is led by Joash Nyamoko who supports Mr Charles Mochama for the gubernatorial seat. The two factions were to see the President last weekend but the meeting was cancelled to allow State House put the Jubilee Party in order.”

Neither Nyambati nor Nyamoko was willing to comment on the matter when contacted, but EALA member Joseph Kiangoi dismissed the widely rumored rift.

“I don’t think there is a major crisis in the Jubilee Nyamira team. If anyone wants to contest, I think we have nominations and all candidates are much aware of that,” he said.

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