Jubilee Party Kenya
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto on Tuesday set the agenda for the Jubilee Party Kenya, their choice for next year’s elections.
President Kenyatta announced that Jubilee Party Kenya would be formally launched during a national convention on September 9-10.
Affiliate parties will be wound up on September 8 at simultaneous conventions to formalise resolutions to fold their entities and join the new outfit.
President Kenyatta also announced that the new party’s primaries will be conducted by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission for transparency and fairness.
He said there are no preferred candidates for any elective post.
“Nobody should stand and say I have been sent by the President, I have been sent by Deputy President…we shall work with those [whom] people have chosen,” he said on Tuesday at State House in Nairobi.
He said he is staking his legacy on political unity and forming a strong political movement that will unite Kenyans.
Parties Joining Jubilee Party Kenya
- Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP)
- New Ford-K
- The Republican Congress Party (RC)
- United Party of Kenya (UPK)
The Party of National Unity (PNU) which was retired President Mwai Kibaki’s party in the 2007 elections is divided over whether to also dissolve and merge while Kanu has flatly rejected folding up. Kanu was the ruling party from independence until December, 2002.
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“Jubilee Party is now available as a party belonging to every man, woman, youth and child from every corner of this nation, Kenya, “read the statement signed by Jubilee Party Interim National Governing Council Co-Chairpersons Noah Wekesa and Kiraitu Murungi.
“From here, we are moving to the counties to roll out the county programs from January next year and invite the public to participate in forming the county systems. These meetings will educate the party officers at the count level on the new party structure and give the public proper information about the new party. We shall also be targeting to dilute the past fears and reservations of our supporters in the grassroots.”
The meeting was attended by the Jubilee Governors, their deputies, MPs, Senators, while Speakers and Majority Leaders represented County Assemblies.
“We want to thank the President and his deputy for hosting the interim National Governing Council of the Jubilee Party. We are not looking back and shall face the future politics of Kenya with renewed resolve and vigour to change the political history of the nation,” said the statement.
President Kenyatta and Ruto in their address explained to the members the essence of creating one national mass party with the main objective being to unite the nation and all Kenyans and cure the past politics of division and ethnic based mobilisation.
In the last three months, the National Steering Committee has been busy formulating and designing the new party. It has held several meetings and consultations which led to Tuesday’s meeting.
It was the final meeting in which most important matters and affairs of the new party formed the agenda.
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Jubilee Party opens lavish nerve centre in Pangani, buys 47 Prados
The ruling coalition has acquired a building complex along Thika Superhighway and bought Land Cruiser Prado cars ahead of Jubilee Party’s official launch this weekend.
The party splashed photos of the eight-storey Jubilee Centre in Pangani, Nairobi, and the branded cars, on social media platforms on Sunday.
The building will serve as the nerve centre for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s campaign for re-election in 2017. He is expected to inspect the offices on Friday.
The complex, which is a five-minute drive from the city centre, will be operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Among those who will be stationed there are political strategists, data analysts, researchers and call centre employees who will give real time updates to supporters and State House.
Operations will be carried out under a strict set of security protocols because of the sensitive information expected to flow through the centre.
“You cannot take your cell phone in there. You would have to put it in the cubby,” said a top TNA official aware of the planning and logistics, who did not want to be named.
Campaign workers, including a digital team, will be issued with specially configured cell phones and will be required to communicate mostly by e-mail, Google Hangouts, Twitter and WhatsApp.
The source, who is also familiar with plans to furnish the building, said a ramp linking it to the superhighway will also be constructed.
Uhuru and Deputy President William Ruto put up a well-oiled election machinery, if the 2013 general election is anything to go by.
The campaign secretariat assembled at Jubilee Centre is said to be planning massive grassroots campaigns with a lot of focus on the digital frontier.
The campaigns will include more personalised interactions with voters than was the case in 2013.
“To be honest, I am amazed at what they are doing. What we did in 2013 was just a start,” said a source who was part of the 2013 campaign team.
All of the party’s offices in the 47 counties will be linked to the centre online, to fast-track decision making and policy direction.
Insiders said the vehicles, that number about 47, will be used to drum up support for the new party across all counties.
“This is an international party… Wait until the launch… We are stopping at nothing for this game changer in the country’s political parties dispensation,” said a senior TNA member.
Uhuru, Ruto unveil Jubilee Party for 2017 elections
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President Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto have settled on a new party on whose ticket they will contest the next elections.
The party was Tuesday endorsed by a delegates meeting at State House, Nairobi, and is different from the Jubilee Alliance Party, which some members rejected.
It is to be called Jubilee Party with the slogan ‘Tuko Pamoja (we are together)’.
The choice of slogan fits into a pattern in which President Kenyatta and Mr Ruto have emphasised their unity, a move seen as aimed at endearing the DP to voters in central Kenya seen to be suspicious of him.
Mr Kenyatta wants Mr Ruto to succeed him in 2022 if they are re-elected in 2017.
Mr Ruto’s supporters are also suspicious of central Kenya voters and are not sure whether they will back their man when the time comes.
Organisers of Tuesday’s meeting said Jubilee Party would move Kenya from recent trends where coalition of mainly regional parties came together during an election to form the government.
The concept was presented by the Interim National Governing Council headed by Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi and former minister Noah Wekesa.
With a symbol of hands clasped high against a gold background and a red border, the party was sold as a long-term idea away from the tradition since 2002 of creating parties and coalitions as vehicles meant to win the presidency.
“The core message of the party is unity of all the people of Kenya, prosperity, equality and inclusiveness,” Mr Murungi told the Nation last evening.
He said the party is meant to last longer than the parties that will be merged to form it, meaning that when Mr Ruto takes a stab at the presidency in 2022 as planned, voters in Jubilee’s strongholds will not be voting for a member of an unfamiliar party.
“It is our vehicle into the future. We realised we have never really concentrated on building parties. We merely come up with election vehicles and we form parties again or revive them for purposes of nominations to the election,” said Mr Murungi.
TNA chairman Johnson Sakaja said: “We have now gotten everybody on board: senators, governors, MCAs, so for us it’s the best thing that can happen to our country when we create something that is truly national.
“JAP was moving into a party. This is a merger where all the parties are coming together to be one. It is not just a vehicle. Everyone has shed their identity. How you start a party is important and you see now we have 100 per cent buy-in. Even those who were sceptical, after the presentation, they agreed,” said Mr Sakaja.
He said members were especially happy with the idea of having party leaders at county level.
Another MP who attended the meeting said Mr Ruto cited South Africa’s African National Congress, the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom and independence party Kanu as models of parties of the sort Jubilee Party would grow into.
The plan, said Mr Murungi, is to have leaders of the parties in the Jubilee Coalition — The National Alliance, United Republican Party, United Democratic Front and others — discuss the merger process.
This will also involve MPs, governors, MCAs and other elected representatives.
After that, there will be a meeting of the National Delegates Congress in March, followed by the convention for the merger.
This will be followed by the party’s inauguration by April. The national executive councils of the parties had signed resolutions agreeing to merge them into Jubilee, after which they will be dissolved and cease to exist by March.