Members of the Jubilee Party National Management Committee (NMC) held a meeting on Thursday, June 24 to discuss the formalization of the coalition with the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).
In the meeting attended by Chairman Nelson Dzuya, Secretary-General Raphael Tuju and Vice-chairperson David Murathe, the NMC made a decision to involve its members in their coalition plans.
They resolved to organize a retreat to hold more discussions on the coalition deal, and thereafter call a Parliamentary Group meeting where party MPs shall be notified of the final resolutions.
“We had a meeting on Wednesday as National Management Committee and had a robust discussion over the party’s plan to form an alliance with ODM. We presented the proposal before the party organ for approval,” said RaphaelTuju.
On Thursday, Tuju said the NMC held a meeting with parliament leadership where they agreed to have a retreat next week, before holding a Parliamentary Group meeting.
The NMC was joined by National Assembly Majority Leader Amos Kimunya, Jubilee coalition joint secretary Aden Keynan, Senate Deputy Majority Leader Fatuma Dullo, and Majority Whip Emmanuel Wangwe.
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ODM will be the 3rd party to ink a coalition with Jubilee, which had entered into a similar agreement with Wiper and KANU.
In their planned coalition, Jubilee party and ODM aim at fronting one candidate for the 2022 Presidential race.
The coalition talks have however sparked criticism from Deputy President William Ruto and his Tanga Tanga brigade.
“They have broken Jubilee, the national party. Now they want to tell us to start parties based on our tribes. We want to tell them, hustler nation can not fit in a party of one tribe,
“We will have a national party where all Kenyans can fit. Now they want to unite Jubilee and ODM,
“They think that when they unite Jubilee and ODM, hustlers will lack a party to propel us,” William Ruto said after reports on the coalition emerged.