President Kenyatta to make major announcement on Jubilee Party

August 9, 2016 9:56 am
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The announcement by the Head of State comes even as nine constituent parties issued notices of merger to the Registrar of Political Parties/FILE
The announcement by the Head of State comes even as nine constituent parties issued notices of merger to the Registrar of Political Parties/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 9 – President Uhuru Kenyatta will on Monday morning make a major televised announcement on the Jubilee Party from State House Nairobi.

The announcement by the Head of State comes even as nine constituent parties issued notices of merger to the Registrar of Political Parties.

The notices are signed by Secretary Generals of respective parties who confirmed that all the procedures have been followed and completed to pave way for the formal merger.

The resolutions are expected to be ratified at a National Delegates Congress.

Already, the New Ford Kenya’s National Executive Committee has approved dissolution of the party to join the Jubilee Party.

New Ford Kenya – which was previously headed by Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa before he resigned following his appointment to the Cabinet – is among 12 political parties which make up the Jubilee Coalition.

The development comes after President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law the Political Parties Amendment Act 2016, which ensures that affiliate parties can merge to form a bigger one without their members losing their elective posts.

The law previously stated that when a political party merges with another, a member of the political party that has merged who is a Member of Parliament, or of a County Assembly, a Governor or Deputy Governor, shall be deemed to have joined the merged political party.

The enactment of the law sets the stage for the dissolution of all parties under the Jubilee Coalition to form the Jubilee Party which President Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto will use to seek re-election in 2017.

Other political parties in the Jubilee Coalition which the two used to get into power in 2013 include The National Alliance (TNA), United Republican Party (URP), United Democratic Forum (UDF), Alliance Party of Kenya (APK), Ford People, Chama Cha Uzalendo (CCU), Grand National Unity (GNU), Democratic Party (DP) and the Republican Party among others.

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