By PSCU/Christine Muchira
The Jubilee Party will be launched at a national convention that will be held on the 9th and 10th of September.
President Uhuru Kenyatta made the announcement Tuesday as he led the leaders of 12 political parties including Deputy President William Ruto in announcing their readiness to join the new party.
The national convention that will be held in Nairobi will be preceded by National Delegates Conferences of all the 12 parties that will ratify their dissolution.
As he made the announcement at State House, President Kenyatta made it clear that the Jubilee Party will be run democratically.
“Internal democracy is as important to us as the national democracy we are all looking for. Our journey to democracy in Kenya revolves around our traditions and culture” said President Kenyatta.
“Now more than ever, we have the ability to achieve a prosperous, peaceful and united Kenya,” he added.
President Kenyatta said the control of elections for party leadership positions will be in the hands of the Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC).
He also challenged other political parties to also use the services of the electoral commission when conducting internal elections.
The President assured all those who are interested in contesting for elective offices on Jubilee Party tickets that he has no preferred candidates.
He said each and every person seeking an elective office knows that they will get a free and fair chance of succeeding.
“Furthermore, the Jubilee Alliance has proposed in accordance with Article 88 subsection 4 of our constitution that party nominations be carried out by the IEBC, to further guarantee transparency and fairness in the nomination process,” said the President.
To guarantee fairness in the nominations, President Kenyatta said interim party positions will not be held by those who are interested in elective positions.
“This is to ensure that each and every person seeking an elective office knows that they will get a free and fair chance of succeeding,” said the President.
The Deputy President said the Jubilee Party will chart a new course in the politics of Kenya.
He introduced the officials of the 12 political parties who gathered to announce their readiness to join the new party.
The DP said the Jubilee Party will solve the problem of ethnicity in the politics of the county because it will bring unity.
The parties included TNA, URP, JAP, APK, UDF, New Fork Kenya, Ford People, UPK, PNU, Republican Council, TIP TIP and GNU.
The leaders present included; Hon Kindiki Senate Majority Leader, Adan Duale Majority Leader National Assembly, Hon Senator Beatrice Elachi, Hon Kiraithe Murungi – APK, Said Ali – Republican Congress, Hon Ken Lusaka New Ford Kenya, Hon Barry Shill – URP, Hon Sakaja Johnson TNA, Hon Nderitu Gachagua-GNU, Hon Albert Nandi- Ford People, Hon Ben Washali of UK, Hon John Kamama POA, Hon Kalembe Ndile – Tip Tip among others.