NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 11 – The New Ford Kenya’s National Executive Committee on Monday approved dissolution of the party to join the Jubilee Party.
In a statement after chairing the meeting, party leader Ken Lusaka (Bungoma Governor) said the National Delegates Conference is expected to meet in two weeks time to endorse the decision, paving way for the launch of Jubilee Party in August 2016.
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 days 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) ahd the Republican Party among others.