DP Ruto dismisses CORD’s criticism of new Jubilee party


DP Ruto dismisses CORD’s criticism of new Jubilee party

Deputy President William Ruto has dismissed claims by the opposition that Jubilee’s move to bring together all its affiliate parties under the Jubilee Party was aimed at returning the country into a one-party rule.

Speaking in Nakuru on Sunday, the deputy president said Jubilee had no intention of ruining the opposition, saying efforts to merge its parties are aimed at creating unity.

He said: “Jubilee has a vision for Kenya. We want to end politics based on region, faith or ethnic backgrounds.”

Mr Ruto maintained that the government is keen on fighting ethnicity and creating a political debate that is focused on policies and not ethnicity.

“Our agenda is to have a party with the face of Kenya. That is our commitment and nothing else,” said Mr Ruto.

“We want a paradigm shift in our politics and promote political vehicles whose competition will be based on issues, policies and programmes,” said Mr Ruto.

The Deputy President was accompanied by MPs; David Gikaria (Nakuru Town East), Arama Samuel (Nakuru Town West), Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati) Moses Cheboi (Kuresoi North), Samuel Nderitu (Gilgil), Jacob Macharia (Molo), Edwin Barchilei (Soy), Richard Tongi (Nyaribari Chache) and John Waiganjo (Oljororok).

Others were Kamande Mwangi (Maragua), Stephen Kinyanjui (Kinango), Ndung’u Githenji (Tetu), Stephen Kariuki (Mathare), Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Nakuru County Women Representative Mary Mbugua and Governor Kinuthia Mbugua.

Reports indicate that the party, which was formed last year, may be officially launched in September with the affiliate parties including New Ford Kenya already announcing plans to dissolve and join Jubilee.

Some of Jubilee’s affiliate parties according to the pre and post-election pacts signed in 2013 are Kanu, the defunct UDF, APK, President Kenyatta’s TNA and DP Ruto’s URP.

 

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