Jubilee Party to form county election boards as it seeks to devolve decision making

Mr Murungi said the CEBs will result to most of the decisions being done at the county level.

Monday January 25 2016

Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi who heads Jubilee

Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi who heads Jubilee Party’s interim national governing council. He has revealed that the party is working on its constitution that will, among other things, create county elections boards. PHOTO | PHOEBE OKALL | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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The Jubilee Party on which President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to use to vie for the presidency in 2017, is working on its constitution that will, among other things, create county elections boards (CEBs).

This has been revealed by Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi who heads the party’s interim national governing council.

“We want to make it very unique and the first devolved party,” Mr Murungi said.

Speaking to the Nation in Meru Town Sunday, Mr Murungi said the CEBs will result to most of the decisions being done at the county level.

Mr Murungi said the CEBs will help address fears by some members of being rigged out of the nomination process if their parties are dissolved.

“As you can see, the Kericho nomination was open, transparent and fair. It is the people themselves who handled the process. The CEBs will ensure nobody is appointed from the top,” Mr Murungi said.

Mr Murungi said the aim of Jubilee Party is to unite all Kenyans and that “we want to make it a powerful party like Tanzania’s Chama Cha Mapinduzi or South Africa’s ANC.”

He said his team which is spearheading the party’s formation will visit all the 47 counties before the end of February 2016 to meet officials of affiliate parties and brief them on the merger process.

OFFICIAL LAUNCH AT KASARANI

“We will later hold a meeting at Kasarani on March 31 for the official launch,” Mr Murungi said.

Mr Murungi said nine parties have already signed resolutions agreeing to the merger.

He reiterated that political parties under the Jubilee coalition were keen on pushing ahead with the formation of a single party.

The legislator said they would continue to popularise the new party ahead of the next general elections.

“We have a deadline of March 31 to launch Jubilee Party. We have been busy working on the constitution, logo, symbol, colours, flag and other marketing paraphernalia of a party.

“We are getting very good reception across the country,” he said.

He added that the national executive committees of about nine political parties who have been in talks had already signed resolutions agreeing to the merger.

“We are now waiting to formulate the National Delegates Congress in March, followed by the convention for the merger,” Mr Murungi said.

COUNTRYWIDE TOUR

He added that they will soon embark on a countrywide tour to have leaders of the parties in the Jubilee coalition — The National Alliance, United Republican Party, Alliance Party of Kenya and others — discuss the merger process.

Mr Murungi said the new party's objective is to promote cohesion and to win as many members as possible.

“The key message of JP is unity. We want to see an end to the regional tribal parties which in the past have been used for divisive politics.

“We know it will be a popular party and I am promising those interested in the party’s ticket in 2017 of an open, free and fair nomination so that they do not run away for fear of being rigged out,” he reiterated.

Although there have been reports of some parties developing cold feet over the merger, Mr Murungi said those not interested in JP were free to remain as they are or form new parties.

MUNYA OPPOSES MERGER

Meru Governor Peter Munya and his Bomet counterpart Isaac Ruto have openly opposed the merger, claiming the decision was being forced on them.

Last Thursday, Mr Munya, who is also the chairman of the Council of Governors who was elected on an Alliance Party of Kenya ticket announced that he was still in the process of registering his own party.

“It is a party that will garner support from all over the country. We will be making more announcements at the end of this month,” said Mr Munya when spoke at Kisima where he distributed pipes to community water projects.

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