Over 200 presiding and clerical officers who oversaw Jubilee Party nominations in Nakuru County were forced to flee after armed police officers in Nakuru lobbed teargas at them as they were demanding for payment for work done.
Speaking at the Railway Grounds, the angry officers, drawn from various parts of the county, asked Party leadership President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto to intervene – and ensure that they are paid as soon as possible.
“We tried to seek audience from the Nakuru Jubilee officials but we were chased away by the police who used teargas and excessive force, leading to one of us being injured,” said one Gilbert Sigei.
The angry officials threatened to withdraw their support for the Jubilee Party if their grievances were not addressed.
The immediate former Jubilee Party presiding and clerical officers are demanding a total of Ksh17, 000 for presiding officers and Ksh14, 000 for clerks.
On Friday morning (May 5), the presiding and clerical officers accused the Jubilee Party officials of withholding their money – illegally.
Nakuru County secretary, Kiplangat Cheruiyot, however, says that some payments that had been made through a Kenyan bank did not go through.
Efforts to get a comment from Jubilee Party leadership in Nakuru County were futile as they had traveled to Nairobi ahead of the Party’s Delegates convention slated for Saturday, May 6, at the Bomas of Kenya.