The Democratic Party of Kenya (DP) has lashed out at former cabinet minister Noah Wekesa for announcing the party had dissolved to join Jubilee Party.
DP’s national organising secretary Njagi Kumantha while he spoke in Embu town on Monday, insisted they will participate in next year’s General Elections by sponsoring senators, governors, MPs and MCAs.
He said they will only support the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta, explaining that dissolving the party would limit the democratic space.
Dr Kumantha said it was wrong for Dr Wekesa, the Jubilee Party Steering Committee co-chair, to declare that DP was among the seven parties that had indicated they would dissolve.
He said DP has been distinct from JP and even fielded a candidate in the Kabete by-election.
“The statement by Dr Wekesa is not factual. He should stop making such statements since he is not our spokesman,” said Dr Kumantha.
GOOD FOR DEMOCRACY
Dr Kumantha said he was optimistic that at least two more parties affiliated with the Jubilee coalition, would not dissolve to join JP, a move he said was good for the country’s democracy.
“The Political Parties Act provides for a party’s national delegates council resolving to dissolve a party and join another one,” he said.
Dr Kumantha said the parties that do not join JP will provide vehicles for people who are uncomfortable with Jubilee as the democratic space in the country allows.
He said DP will this month embark on strengthening itself through massive member recruitment and mobilising voters to form a formidable force ahead of 2017 polls.