Leaders jittery at JAP formation

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Leaders of parties affiliated to the ruling coalition have demanded more consultations before dissolving their outfits.

However, the Amani National Congress and Kanu have said they will not be part of the Jubilee Alliance Party.

In North Rift, leaders called for extensive consultations before Deputy President William Ruto’s United Republican Party is dissolved as planned on December 18.

Uasin Gishu County Assembly Speaker Isaac Terer and The National Alliance’s North Rift patron Joseph Wainaina demanded all-inclusive consultations among the public and leaders.

Mr Terer said whereas there was public will to merge the parties, a delicate balance must be struck to avoid any impression of domination by leaders in Nairobi.

“Citizens must feel they own the party. We expect all leadership to be involved in the transition to the new vehicle,” he said.

Mr Wainaina called on URP members to back JAP, saying it would be a disservice to Mr Ruto if they went against the plan.

“This is the most practical way to an automatic win. Our small differences will be ironed out for the sake of the top prize,” he said.

In Bomet, Governor Isaac Ruto said URP members would form another party “that will free Kenyans from the yoke of poverty”.

“They are busy campaigning for 2022 and how they will win in 2017 polls, yet citizens are suffering,” he said.

In West Pokot, Kanu Chairman Gideon Moi said the former ruling party was still strong.

“How can someone tell you to beat your wife when he himself is not doing the same?” asked Mr Moi, who is also the Baringo senator.

West Pokot Senator John Lonyangapuo (Kanu) agreed with Mr Ruto.

NEW PARTIES
Mandera West MP Mohamed Mohamud and Senator Billow Kerrow said the people of northeastern Kenya would form their own party.

“We are surprised to learn that the coalition dissolved political parties and formed a new one without our knowledge or consultations,” said Mr Mohamud.

Mr Kerrow said the region felt shortchanged.

“We express our displeasure with the manner in which Jubilee is dissolving the parties. Key stakeholders must be involved. What is happening is dangerous,” he said.

Mandera Governor Ali Roba, said the region was calculating the next course of action following the dissolution of URP.

Mombasa JAP branch officials announced the formation of grassroots committees that will be mandated to market the party.

Changamwe Sub-County JAP Secretary Patrick Mangale said strategic and logistics teams, as well as campaign committees would be put in place to ensure the party was popularised ahead of the next elections.

“If we want our party to be popular, religious, tribal and ethnic considerations must not be entertained. We must unite as Kenyans for the benefit of the country,” said Mr Mangale.

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