By KBC reporters/KNA
Democratic Party of Kenya (DP) has reiterated that it will not join Jubilee Party but will instead support President Uhuru Kenyatta in his quest to recapture the Presidency in 2017 elections.
The party national officials said DP will not field a presidential candidate but will have candidates in all other elective posts.
Speaking when they opened the Embu County DP office in Runyenjes town, the leaders said the party is the second oldest in the country after KANU and therefore they will not accept to dissolve it to join Jubilee party.
Their Chairman Esau Kioni said DP is strong and warned other political parties to be ready for a fight for seats.
He said DP policies are well known since they were the same used by former President Mwai Kibaki to achieve the many development projects during the 10 year tenure and called on Kenyans to embrace the party in the grassroots.
He said the party will not have its nominations supervised by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) as they have their own party structures to conduct polls without hitches.
Secretary General Jacob Hajj said nominations will be fair and will be conducted in areas where more than one candidate is contesting for the same seat.
He said they will work with other like-minded political parties that want to join DP.
He said the party has started a drive in across the country to woe voters and candidates to join and support the party ahead of the general elections.
Others present were organizing Secretary Njagi Kumantha, representatives from Embu, Tharaka Nithi and Meru Counties.
President Kenyatta is set to formally launch the party during a national convention on September 9-10.
Just days after parliament passed Election Laws Amendment Bill outlawing party hopping leaders continue to express their support saying the law was good for a developing democracy like Kenya.
Devolution and National Planning Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri says the move will help in instilling maturity and tolerance in Kenyan politics. Speaking in Laikipia West, Kiunjuri further called on the opposition to respect 2017 general election results should they lose.
Members of National Assembly were Thursday, forced to give in to pressure from their party leaders to approve a clause in the Election Laws (Amendment) Bill 2016 that bars party hopping.
The Bill is meant to deter candidates from switching parties after losing in the nominations – a trend which often leads to the splitting of voting blocks.
Kiambu governor William Kabogo his West Pokot counterpart Simion Kachapin and Thika town MP Alice Ng’ang’a say the anti-hopping law was good for the country saying it will strengthen political parties and nurture party discipline.
Kabogo who was inspecting the ongoing construction of roads in Ruiru added that fairness and transparency during party primaries must be demonstrated to avoid contestants running away from nomination opting to independence candidate.
Ng’ang’a on her part while giving out bursary fund for needy students from her Thika constituency said the formation of one strong party will foster unity in the country.