Hurdles in Jubilee as officials demand expulsion of Senator, former Minister
14 July 2016, 15:07
Nyeri - Formation of Jubilee Party is facing a hurdle after officials of affiliate political parties in Mount Kenya region demanded exclusion of political aspirants and elected leaders from the party affairs.
The group dubbed 'Mount Kenya Inter-Party Grassroot Leaders' with members from Nyeri, Nakuru, Murang’a, Isiolo, Meru, Nyandarua, Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Embu and Laikipia counties, expressed displeasure that the team leading the merger of the parties includes politicians.
Jubilee coalition is made of TNA, URP, Ford Kenya, APK, the Republican Council, GNU, Ford People and New Ford Kenya.
Former minister Noah Wekesa and Meru County Senator Kiraitu Murungi, who is eyeing the County governorship, lead the merger team.
“We appeal to the President and his deputy to ensure the committee seeking the merger excludes the incumbent elected leaders and aspirants,” said Wambugu Nyamu from Nyeri County.
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While addressing media at White Rhino hotel in Nyeri town, the group said some committee members are aspiring to be Governors, thus saying other contestants will be locked out.
He attributed the delayed merger of Jubilee parties to selfishness by leaders whom he did not name.
“The formation should be similar to that of The National Alliance (TNA) which the President used in 2013 elections. The party had not been formed by politicians but technocrats,” said Nyamu.
He added that there is uncertainty on whether the party will achieve the intended national cohesion, noting that there is mistrust and skepticism among the aspirants.
“The exclusion of incumbent leaders and aspirants will ensure that fairness, trust, transparency, inclusion, impartiality, justice and confidence prevails,” he stated.
Murang’a County official, James Mwangi asked the Interim National Executive Committee and interim County Executive Committees to conduct civic education to enlighten public on the Party’s manifesto.
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