The ruling coalition yesterday unveiled a new team to spearhead the merger of its affiliate parties into one outfitv-the Jubilee Alliance Party.
Recently, Deputy President William Ruto revealed he is the brain behind the merger, saying there is need for one party to ensure the survival of a united jubilee beyond 2017 elections.
The new team will be headed by Dr. Noah Wekesa, former minister in Kibaki’s government. Senator Kiraitu Murungi will co-chair it, with 19 others being members drawn from the affiliate Jubilee parties.
President Uhuruâ€™s TNA, Rutoâ€™s URP, APK, Grand National Unity (GNU), New Ford Kenya, Ford People and United Democratic Forum (UDF), formerly associated with former Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi are among parties that will close shop as 2017 reckons.
At yesterday’s meeting, attended byÂ Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki, Kericho Senator Charles Keter, Embu Senator Lenny Kivuti, Majority Chief Whip Beatrice Elachi (APK Secretary General) and Nominated MP Johnson Sakaja (TNA chairman) as well as governor Patrick Lusaka and Nderitu Gachagua, the parties revealed the President and Deputy has given a deadline of December 2016 for all parties affiliated to Jubilee to disband and form one party.
This may see Omingo Magara’s PDP and SONU Chairman Babu Owino’s PONA (Party of New Alliance) also joining the JAP despite currently being aligned to CORD.