, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 5 —President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed former Cabinet Minister Raphael Tuju as the head of the Jubilee Party secretariat.
Speaking on Saturday morning when he met the Jubilee campaign team, he said their task is to plan and organise meetings and rallies to explain the Jubilee agenda.
He told those seeking the Jubilee ticket for next year’s election to do it peacefully and join hands in championing the party development agenda.
Deputy President William Ruto said those appointed to the campaign team should be selfless and serve all party members and Kenyans without bias.
“You are here to serve others. You need to cede ground so that other people can join us in working for Kenyans,” said the Deputy President.
At the party’s National Governing Council meeting on Friday, it was resolved that party officials would be elected 90 days after the coming General Election.
Deputy President William Ruto led hundreds of delegates in ratifying a raft of resolutions including having the Independent Boundaries and Electoral Commission conduct the nominations.
“The Jubilee Party will become the first party to hold the first free and fair nomination exercise,” said the President.
Tuju is expected to steer Jubilee Party through the 2017 General Election amidst competing interests within the party.
Politicians in several parts of the country have wrangled over control of local party offices in a bid to gain early advantage.
During the NGC, the President announced regional campaign teams to lead his reelection next year.
He also highlighted the government’s achievements including free maternal health care, land reforms, extension of grid power to more parts of the country and modernisation of security services.