A former Cabinet Minister and a Murang’a County gubernatorial aspirant Jamleck Kamau has said he is not ready to participate in political party primaries, citing lack of transparency in the exercise.
Speaking, Friday, Kamau said he will soon unveil the party he will use to ensure he remains on the ballot during the August 9, General Election.
The aspirant reiterated that during the last national polls, almost all political party primaries were shambolic, thus denying capable leaders a chance to participate in the election.
Speaking at Kangari during a free medical camp, the former Kigumo MP, claimed that the 2017 Jubilee Party primaries were not free at all, which denied him a chance to be on the ballot for governorship post.
“The party primaries were shambolic not only in the Jubilee Party but also in other parties across the country. Even those currently promising to conduct free and fair nominations are liars. Leaders of each political party already know whom they will give the ticket to,” he observed.
Kamau explained that he is not keen on joining any coalition, but will soon announce the vehicle he will use to succeed governor Mwangi Wa Iria as the next Murang’a County chief.
He maintained that he was a victim of the 2017 botched Jubilee Party primaries and is not ready to repeat the same mistakes.
Subsequently, all the current gubernatorial aspirants in Murang’a have opted to choose parties, where there will be no nominations, with Kamau insisting that this time round, residents will elect leaders based on ability to work for them, but not party popularity.
“Last time people were swayed by the popularity of political parties, but they are now regretting for electing people, who have failed them in terms of development,” he stated.
At the same time, the former Kigumo MP said President Uhuru Kenyatta has the right to support and campaign for any presidential candidate.
“The President has every right to support anyone he thinks is better poised to take over from him, though Kenyans have also every right to elect a person of their choice, hence no need of castigating the President’s decision to support former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, as his preferred successor,” he observed.