By Calvin Osiemo
After clear indications by Jubilee Coalition members that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto intend to vie for another term in office under the Jubilee Alliance Party ticket, it is now emerging that there has been a number of wrangles and differences from different stakeholders in the new party. This has prompted the formation of a new merger which will be called the Jubilee Party of Kenya (JPK). Announcing the new development, a team led by Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi and former Cabinet Minister Noah Wekesa has said the party will be formed by December this year and that it will be used by President Kenyatta and DP Ruto to run for the top office in the 2017 general elections.
“By December 19, we shall have collapsed all the parties including JAP to join JPK. All parties will join Jubilee but the consultations are still ongoing. Our new home after the merger will be accommodative and anyone who wants to join President Uhuru Kenyatta’s wagon towards the 2017 elections is welcome. By the first week of November we will meet all leaders who were elected under Jubilee Coalition in 2013 so that we can come to an agreement and then proceed with grassroots mobilization of masses in preparedness to join the party,” Kiraitu said.
However, Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto and his Meru counterpart Peter Munya have vowed not to join the merger. Ruto who is a URP member had also earlier indicated his resistance to URP joining JAP.
“UhuRuto should have noticed by now that the only way is to rediscover leadership and respect for institutions, respect for the rule of law and the need to learn to respect the new constitutional order. They should focus on the country’s recovery,” said Governor Ruto
Kericho Senator Charles Keter has however denied claims that a new party is being formed saying that it’s only the re-branding of JAP into JPK.
“We are not unveiling a new political party but just changing the name, re-engineering and we shall retain the structures. It’s not a conclusive process. JAP is a registered political party. We are not going to register another party as JPK,” said Keter