Jubilee merger undermines the spirit of multi-partism and democracy
29 December 2015, 08:10
Nairobi - Ugunja MP, Opiyo Wandayi has told off the Deputy President William Ruto over his continued demand for CORD to merge its affiliate parties ahead of the 2017 polls.
Wandayi, who is also the ODM Secretary of Political Affairs, asked Ruto to desist from attempting to dictate political strategies CORD should adopt in the forthcoming general elections, and instead concentrate on Jubilee issues.
"Ruto should stop telling us what we should do as CORD. They are on the other side of the coalition and we have our own proper mechanisms of strategizing for the next elections," said Wandayi.
"Their move to merge political parties undermines the spirit of multi-partism and democracy; we don't want to be part of that," he added.
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He insisted that the opposition values democracy, hence CORD's affiliate parties will not be merged to undermine the gained spirit of multi-partism.
Ruto, who has been going around the country to market the new Jubilee Party of Kenya has persistently asked CORD to emulate them by merging its affiliate parties.
The Jubilee principals and legislators have been arguing that merging political parties ahead of the 2017 general elections promotes national unity.
The ruling coalition's move has been criticized by some of its own affiliates such as Baringo Senator Gideon Moi's KANU party that has vowed to remain independent, civil society organizations believing in multi-partism and democracy, and members of the opposition.
Moreover, Wandayi termed the Amani National Congress party leader as "a Jubilee coalition sycophant" following his move to oppose CORD's Okoa Kenya referendum push that seeks to amend the Constitution.
Musalia, while speaking on weekend, said there is no need to make changes to the new Constitution and that its deficits can instead be easily mitigated through appropriate amendment approaches rather than taking the tedious and costly referendum process.
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