NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 8 – “It is the happiest day of my life since I have been a good driver of the bus. No one was hurt,” were the words of Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi during the Alliance Party of Kenya National Delegates Convention at the Bomas of Kenya.
The NDC ratified the dissolution of the party, joining other political parties affiliated to the Jubilee coalition.
The Senator said the Jubilee Party will represent the face of Kenya saying many parties only serve the parochial interests of their leaders.
“We’re not foolish. We know what we’re doing,” Murungi said amid cheers from delegates.
He said his party ‘bus’ has enough space in the Jubilee Party which he formed for the last 10 months. “The house has a parking and a bedroom for the bus.”
While using descriptive narratives, the Meru legislator assured the delegates that they have an equal chance at the Jubilee Party, just like any other group.
In Jubilee, he said:” We shall only ask where you’re headed but not where you come from.”
“It is the only party that will bring equality and social justice to all Kenyans; where everyone will be important.”
On party officials, he said the affiliate parties will be rewarded as per its performance in the 2013 General Election.
The new party has gained momentum ahead of the launch on Saturday by President Uhuru Kenyatta, after several Opposition leaders defected to it.
Among them is the National Chairman of Ford Kenya John Munyes, who also urged his party leader Moses Wetangula to fold up the party and join Jubilee Party.
Others include Mathare MP Stephen Kariuki, Sirisia MP John Walukhe and ODM nominated legislator Isaac Mwaura.
On its nomination, the Senator assured the delegates that the process shall be free and fair.
There will also be a National and County election board to ensure the process is effective and transparency.
“IEBC will oversee our nomination process in all parts of the country,” he said.
“There will be no rigging. Not even the President or his Deputy will help you to get the nomination certificate.”
He urged aspirants to endear themselves to the electorate for them to win in their respective positions.
Aware of the possible fallout after the nomination exercise, he assured that:”We shall not forget you.”
Secretary General, Senator Beatrice Elachi said Jubilee Party will represent the face of Kenya.
Delegates urged President Kenyatta to ensure, “all members are treated equally.”
MPs Lenny Kivuti and Gideon Mwiti attended the NDC.
Some delegates said just like the founding father of Kenya Mzee Jomo Kenyatta united the country, his son, President Kenyatta has a chance to do the same.