Taveta MP Dr Naomi Shaban has decamped from Jubilee Party, just days to the April 21st party nominations.
Dr Shaban has been one of the strongest and most loyal lawmakers for President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Coast and is the National Assembly Deputy Majority Leader.
In her resignation letter to Raphael Tuju, Jubilee secretary general, Shaban said “I have seen tell-tale signs of being rigged out and I could not wait to find out at the ballot… I am now very tired. I have complained for a very long time and no one seems to care. Now, my only option is to move out."
Dr Shaban had planned to retire from active politics but decided to seek re-election for another term.
She did not indicate which party she will be decamping to or whether she still plans to defend her seat, only saying "I am fully in politics but out of Jubilee.” She is currently in the list for Jubilee aspirants for Taveta Constituency along with Naomi Ndhiha and Mike Hamsi.
In 2013 the three-term lawmaker braved an ODM wave to win her seat on President Uhuru's then-TNA party. She once told ODM leader Raila Odinga that Jubilee would govern until 2032 if he did not put his house in order.