Major blow to Jubilee in Taita-Taveta county as Naomi Shabaan ditches the ruling party
The ruling Jubilee Party(JP) has suffered a major setback in Taita-Taveta county after one of its key supporters Taveta MP Naomi Shabaan ditched the party citing frustrations.
The MP who is also the deputy majority leader in parliament could not be reached for comment yesterday but a close source in Taveta confirmed that the lawmaker was holding meetings with her supporters to map the way forward.
“Due to unavoidable circumstances I wish to resign from JP party.I will no longer be vying for the Taveta seat under Jubilee. I wish to thank all I have worked with”, reads her resignation letter to JP secretary general Raphael Tuju which is also copied to the chairman of the JP national elections board Andrew Musangi, JP executive director Winnie Guchu, the registrar of political parties and the chairman of IEBC.
Shabaan’s resignation, which comes barely a week to the party primaries slated for Friday, is a pointer to the fact that all in not well in Jubilee party in Taita-Taveta.
Among the key JP supporters who have fallen out of favour with Jubilee are former Coast Water Services Board chairman Granton Samboja who is vying for the Taita-Taveta Governor seat on a wiper ticket.
Another Jubilee candidate for the senator seat Anna Kina also bolted from the party to Kanu citing frustrations, alleging that the ruling coalition honchos had instructed her to step aside for Joyce Lay.
Shaban who has been the Taveta MP for ten years has on more than one occasion hinted at her retirement from active politics and it remains to be seen if she will change tack and defend her seat this year.