, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 7 – The only likely hurdle to a seamless launch of the Jubilee Party has been cleared after the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal threw out a bid to stop the dissolution of New Ford Kenya.
In the ruling, the tribunal said that the members who had sought to stop Bungoma Governor Ken Lusaka from folding the party and joining President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party should comply with Section 40(2) of the Political Parties Act which requires party members to exhaust internal dispute resolution avenues before escalating their concerns to the tribunal.
New Ford Kenya is among other political parties that are expected to merge with Jubilee party this weekend.
In the case, Peter Wafula and David Nyongesa had sued Lusaka for illegally advertising the party merger yet he is not an official and the move “was detrimental to party officials and its members.”
As the petition was being dismissed, President Kenyatta was at State House hosting top officials of the 13 political parties that are merging to form the Jubilee Party.
National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale who attended the meeting told reporters at State House they discussed final plans for the respective National Delegates Conferences set for Thursday.
He said those who attended the meeting included chairmen, secretary generals and party leaders.
“Tomorrow, all the 13 parties will hold their National Delegates Conferences in various places in Nairobi. At the NDCs the certificates of those parties must be handed over together with the merger documents to be presented to the Registrar of Political Parties; the registrar will have two representatives at the NDCs,” Duale said.
On Thursday, Deputy President William Ruto will be the chief at the Jubilee Party Convention where delegates officially bring the Jubilee Party into being at the Kasarani Indoor Stadium.
On Saturday, the Jubilee Party launch event will be presided over by President Kenyatta.
He will launch Team Uhuru to run registration and coordinate grassroots campaigns and standardise messaging and lobby groups in addition to unveiling Jubilee House – the new party headquarters.
On Wednesday, Duale dismissed those criticising the lavish display by the new party ahead of its launch.
“Any serious political party of our time must have this… we want to carry the country with us. The political might you show will translate to votes in 2017; This is not Narc Kenya, Sisi kwa Sisi or Wiper. This is a huge political movement.
He said the launch of Jubilee Party would mark the end of ethnic political mobilisation.
“This culture of running to your community to mobilise them for politics will end. We want Kenyans to be mobilised on the basis of ideology and manifesto; we want Kenyans to be mobilised on healthcare, education security and unity and cohesion.”