Jubilee says affiliate parties’ dissolution dilemma resolved

Jubilee Party

Preparations for the launch of the Jubilee Party set for September 10, 2016 are on top gear after the party said that disputes surrounding the merger of affiliate parties have since been resolved.

According to the steering committee co-chair Dr Noah Wekesa, the party has resolved the outstanding issues from the various Jubilee coalition affiliate parties.

Speaking to Radio Citizen Wednesday morning, Dr Wekesa said that all the pending issues have been addressed and the September launch at the Kasarani Sports Complex is certain.

“All the 15 Jubilee alliance parties have accepted to dissolve and collapse to form one larger party called Jubilee Party,” noted Wekesa.

The affiliate parties will hold their National Delegates meetings on September 8 and 9 in Nairobi to ratify the resolutions of their respective National Executive Councils (NEC).

The Governing Council will on September 10, 2016 converge at Kasarani to officially unveil the Jubilee Party, the political vehicle President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto will use to seek re-election in the August 8, 2017 General Election.

Over a week ago, President Kenyatta announced the formation of the Jubilee Party with affiliate parties agreeing to dissolve and join the larger entity.

Some of the parties who are set to join the new party include PNU Alliance Party of Kenya (APK), United Republican Party (URP), The National Alliance (TNA), Tip Tip, United Democratic Forum (UDF), Republican Congress Party, New Ford Kenya and Ford People.

However, there have been dissenting voices with some parties expressing dissatisfaction with the merger.

Meru Governor Peter Munya, who is also the chairman Council of Governors, said that PNU is not a one-man party and that it would not dissolve to join the new political outfit.

Similar sentiments were echoed by the Democratic Party (DP) which expressed its support for President Kenyatta but was quick to distance itself from a dissolution.

The opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORd) has also voiced its dissatisfaction with the merger saying the move undermines multi-party democracy and is aimed at taking the country back to a one-party rule.

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