New Ford Kenya officials demand top positions in Jubilee Party
02 September 2016, 10:40
Bungoma - The recently dissolved New Ford Kenya Party wants a national top slot in yet to be launched Jubilee Party (JP).
NFK Bungoma County Chairman Martin Nyongesa was reacting to reports suggesting that President Uhuru Kenyatta's TNA and his Deputy William Ruto's URP will take the top slots while other affiliate parties will share the National Deputy Organizing Secretary, Women and youth slots.
" We cannot accept to be sidelined yet we are equal partners in Jubilee Party. Let the top slots be divided equally as per the regions. There is no need of sidelining us yet we were the first party to dissolve and join JP," noted Nyongesa.
He categorically pointed out that the two sister parties TNA and URP should be alive to the fact that all parties agreed to dissolve and form the new outfit as equal partners.
" It is wrong for President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto to use their numerical strength in the 2013 elections to take the top positions in the new party while planning to sideline other smaller ones," he said.
Addressing the press at the Kenya National Cereals and Produce Board in Bungoma town, Nyongesa warned that as NFK it was wrong for TNA and URP to portray the party as a regional party against the spirit of the formation of JP which should have the national outlook.
" As NFK we have openly shown interest in the position of the National Secretary General or Party Chairman, so that it helps us in selling the new outfit in Western Region that has been previously been perceived as a CORD stronghold," said Nyongesa.
He called on Uhuru and Ruto to be the voice of reason in the new outfit and not to be hoodwinked by a few people who might just run down JP's popularity in regions that did not vote for TNA or URP.
" We will not accept any form of intimidation in the new outfit and if pushed to the wall we will rethink our earlier decision of working with Jubilee Party,". he said.
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