Jubilee Coalition finally agrees to form one party
15 February 2016, 22:40
Nairobi - All Jubilee coalition affiliate parties have reached a deal to fold up and form a single party on which President Uhuru Kenyatta would seek re-election next year.
The Daily Nation reports that the steering committee formed by the coalition to merge the parties on Monday announced that they had agreed to dissolve the outfits and join Jubilee Party (JP), which is awaiting registration.
Announcing the deal at Hotel La Mada in Nairobi, the co-chairman of the committee, Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi, said all the members of the new party would support President Kenyatta’s re-election next year and Deputy President William Ruto’s expected presidential bid in 2022.
“We have a deal. All the affiliate parties of Jubilee are going to merge into one strong mass party and that party is the Jubilee Party. It is not yet registered but we are in the process of registering it,” said Mr Murungi.
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He added: “Come 2017 all the leaders and their members will support President Uhuru Kenyatta for the second term as the President of this country. We are also going to support the Deputy President William Ruto for the 2022 General Election to be the President of this country. We are talking about two elections and beyond.”
The Star further reported that the coalition has been pushing for a single party to firm their support base, although it has faced opposition from a section of governors.
Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto and his Meru counterpart Peter Munya, both elected under the Jubilee coalition, have been vocal against the collapsing of parties into one and have refused to join JP.
It also revealed that some leaders have already declare their interest in certain positions ahead of the 2017 polls.
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