Kenya: Ruling ‘Jubilee’ Announce Renewal of Merger, To Launch Join Party in September

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The main political parties in Kenya’s governing Jubilee Coalition agreed to merge and establish a new entity known as the Jubilee Party before elections scheduled for August 2017.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto announced that the party would be formally launched during a national convention on September 9-10.

Affiliate parties will be wound up on September 8 at simultaneous conventions to formalize resolutions to fold their entities and join the new outfit, Daily Nation reported.

Kenyatta also announced that the new party’s primaries will be conducted by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission for transparency and fairness.

He said there are no preferred candidates for any elective post.

“Nobody should stand and say I have been sent by the President, I have been sent by Deputy President…we shall work with those [whom]people have chosen,” he said on Tuesday at State House in Nairobi.

He said he is staking his legacy on political unity and forming a strong political movement that will unite Kenyans.

The National Alliance of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto’s United Republican Party are among nine parties that agreed to combine.

Jubilee’s main challenger in the election will probably be the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy headed by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

The main parties in Odinga’s coalition are the Orange Democratic Movement, which he heads, the Wiper Democratic Movement led by former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and FORD-Kenya, headed by former Foreign Minister Moses Wetangula.

With files from Bloomberg and Daily Nation