Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has protested the nomination of Isaac Ngugi to replace the late Victor Prengei in the Senate.
In a statement, Kinyanjui said the picking of Ngugi is an insult to the Ogiek community, where Prengei hailed from.
He lamented that despite the small tribe being marginalised, the party’s leadership went ahead to nominate Ngugi, who is a Kikuyu from Nyandarua county.
He faulted Jubilee Secretary-General Raphael Tuju and Vice-Chairman David Murathe for being arrogant and clueless in making key decisions.
“To deprive the marginalised, poor Ogiek the only representation they had, is a cruel and regrettable gesture.
“While we may not be the decision-makers in Jubilee, it is clear that consultation and stakeholder engagement has been deleted from the party constitution,” he said.
He added that Tuju and Murathe have personised the management of the party and consequently chasing away members every day.
He said the two have been “careless” because they do not intend to run for political office in the upcoming General Election in August 2022.
“We shall forever remember you for your tireless actions to bring down Jubilee. You have succeeded,” he lamented.
Following the death of Prengei last month through a road accident, the Ogiek community appealed to the ruling party to consider nominating Peter Cheruiyot.
However, he was rejected on grounds that the seat belonged to the youth and he is 38.
“The party remains committed to mainstreaming of minorities as evidenced by appointment by the party of Hon. Sammy Leshore from Samburu County to replace Isaac Mwaura,” Tuju said in a statement.
The party defended the nomination of Ngugi, stating that he was and raised in Molo, Nakuru County, but relocated to Nyandarua in 2008 as a result of post-election violence (PEV).