Jubilee parties’ merger in final stages after passing of Bill

Sunday June 19 2016

Chairman of the steering committee on merger

Chairman of the steering committee on merger Kiraitu Murungi (centre) speaks during a past press briefing. The Jubilee merger process enters its penultimate stage this week as President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to sign the Political Parties Act (Amendment Bill) that will pave the way for dissolution of constituent parties. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

WANJOHI GITHAE
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The Jubilee merger process enters its penultimate stage this week as President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to sign the Political Parties Act (Amendment Bill) that will pave the way for dissolution of constituent parties.

The Bill was passed by the Senate on Wednesday effectively removing grey areas that had delayed the much touted merger.

On Saturday, the chairman of the steering committee on merger and Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi told the Nation that their attention now shifts to the launch of the party expected any time after next week.

“We are happy the Bill was passed by an overwhelming majority of senators. After President Uhuru Kenyatta signs it into law when he returns into the country, we shall hit the road running,” he said.

He said the committee meets Monday at the KCB training school in Karen to come up with a final document that will guide the nominations process as well as put the final touches on the merger instruments.

During the Monday meeting, the legal committee headed by TNA Secretary-General Mr Onyango Oloo will be presenting its final report on proposed party rules regarding merger process, nominations and elections.