NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 22 – The National Alliance Party and the United Republican Party will be dissolved by the end of 2015, the Jubilee Alliance Party secretariat has announced, despite jitters by current TNA and URP officials and members over their fate as the new outfit takes over.
Officials of JAP led by Vice-Chairman David Murathe and Secretary General Veronica Nduati said the dissolution will make the commencement of a spirited campaign to sell the party which they describe as “the party of the future.”
“This is a coalition of the willing, nobody has been forced to dissolve themselves, but our leaders have decided that we should go into the next election as one,” said Murathe.
Once the parties are dissolved, members elected on the various constituent political parties in the Jubilee Coalition can move to JAP or any other party without consequence.
Section 11(7) of the Political Parties Act on mergers indicates that following a merger, elected officials who do not desire to be members of the political party formed after the merger, will continue to hold their positions, and may join other political parties or choose to be independent members for the remainder of the term.
Murathe added that while the decision to dissolve the parties had been made, the ultimate pronouncement would be made by the National Delegates Conference, which would be organised once they had compiled a list of members.
And in preparation for the shift, the officials are seeking individuals who will be tasked with the responsibility of recruiting new members.
“Many people have come up calling themselves interim coordinators and all manner of names, but we want to clarify to our members, our official recruitment drive will kick off from 1st of June 2015. Nonetheless we have not stopped people from popularising the party on the grassroots,” said Nduati.
She said they were in the process of conducting interviews for regional coordinators who once successful would be deployed to the respective counties to commence a recruitment drive ahead of the 2017 General election.
Murathe pointed out they had received several applications for the positions. However they had not received any from Kwale, Tana River, Turkana and Marsabit counties.
They maintained that the new outfit would be popular telling the naysayers to join other parties instead of fighting them.
“Those friends of ours who are sticking to URP and TNA should know that there will only be one party supporting the current President and Deputy… there are over 50 parties, they can join those,” said Charles Keter (Senator Kericho)