Uhuru fails to fully convince MPs on new party
26 January 2015, 14:22
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta might have left Naivasha feeling confident about his new Jubilee Alliance Party but not all are exuding the same confidence.
The president tried his best to convince MPs that the new party, which aims to fuse all current Jubilee coalition partners into one is the way forward for the future of the coalition.
At the end of the Jubilee forum Sunday, the president had won a few over with his speech, which was delivered with passion and verve, but not all are convinced.
A number of MPs who spoke to News24 on condition of anonymity, said that they are yet to be convinced the new party is worth their while.
" I am yet to be convinced that joining up with URP will be of any help. There are too many contentious issues that need to be looked at, an MP under the National Alliance TNA from Central Kenya said.
Another MP argued that it was better for individual parties to retain their status as long as they agreed to one Jubilee agenda.
" What difference will it make to have one party and one coalition? The difference is that the party will offer one umbrella, but what about if we need to look at a different partner in future? This is politics," a URP MP said.
The most outspoken though has been Alliance Party of Kenya APK that is chaired by Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi, who said he needed to consult party members over the matter.
" The only issue is that we do not want to lose our various identities as small parties," he said after the forum.
" I think that is it is important to be united as the president said, but a huge party has its own problems. I will consult my people and see," he added.
Those fronting the new party say that it if it gets the right support, will see Jubilee in power until 2032.
The party as an entity will hold its first audition in the Kajiado Central by election set for March 16, 2015.
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