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New Jubilee Alliance Party an unbeatable machine?

16 January 2015, 14:54 William Korir

Nairobi - The new Jubilee Alliance Party that is set to be formed by the merger between TNA and URP will be an unbeatable force, experts say.

The two parties, which form the ruling Jubilee coalition have so far formed a united front both in parliament, Senate and in government and talks have been ongoing on forging ahead into being one item.

And according to Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, the two parties will form one item for the 2017 elections.

" We have stood the test of time and we feel that it is time to forge ahead and grow into one formidable unit," he said Friday.

A source had earlier intimated of the plans to do so and move into one party and the plan will be presented to members of both parties in a retreat in Naivasha next week.

" The MPs will be sold the idea next week in the retreat and it is easy to agree that it will form a huge party and one that will be hard to stop at any level," the source added.

The current coalition holds majority numbers both in the Senate and the Parliament, frustrating opposition  efforts to change public agenda.

It is understood that the current framework will make it easy for DP William Ruto to succeed president Uhuru Kenyatta as the president come the 2022 elections.

Experts agree with Murkomen above that the party will cause a serious problem to other existing alliances such as the CORD coalition which is the closest in size and in stature to the Jubilee version.

" If the party is indeed formed as I have been made to believe, it will be a huge step towards securing the 2017 General Elections," political analyst Michael Njenga says.

" So far the sheer weight of the Jubilee coalition has blown CORD away and with a failing and so far divided opposition, there is no other way back for them as far as I am concerned," he added.

Simon Chepkonga on his part feels that CORD will not be able to cope with the new party at-least for the 2017 election.

" For the moment, I think president Kenyatta will get re-elected and with the new formation, it is likely to be further cemented. That said, a new person at the helm of the party in the next election might mean anything and it might be more open," he said.

" Obviously, the new party will mean even more strength in the legislature, a sure positive for the government," he added.
Johanna Omingo on his part feels there might be issues here and there as regards the new party.

" The new party will have its own problems. There will be issues as usual as concerns the formation. What will happen to those Governors who are for the referendum? Will they drop those plans? And what effect will the ICC trial have on the party?, " He posed.

Either way, according to Murkomen, the party will be a fleeting success.

" It will be a successful party. We have the machinery, the numbers and the goodwill. It will work wonders," he says.

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