Jubilee Party is committed to drop its deputy party leader who is also Kenya’s deputy president William Ruto and cut any associations with him.
As the party gears up for a coalition with Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), the plan is to start on a new slate, with no touch of William Ruto.
After successfully side-lining the deputy president’s allies, the Jubilee party now wants to do away with the yellow colour on their brand.
The yellow colour in Jubilee’s logo was borrowed from Ruto’s United Republican Party (URP) Party which was folded to former Jubilee.
Cherangany MP Joshua Kutuny has been tasked with coming up with a new outlook for the party; that will involve tweaking its colours, logo and symbol.
This means that the party is no longer going to use red yellow white and black colours in its brand.
On July 2, the Jubilee party National Management Committee of Jubilee Party met to deliberate the technical procedures in their planned union with ODM.
“We agreed to re-organise a stronger Jubilee party before getting into an alliance,” David Murathe told the Daily Nation.
According to Murathe, the move to drop (William) Ruto and his allies was just but the first step in getting a new look in Jubilee Party.
“Now that we have gotten rid of United Democratic Alliance (UDA), our next phase is to strengthen the party and its structures, offices and hold elections all the way culminating into an NDC that will make a decision on whether we are having a candidate as a party or producing a coalition candidate,” Murathe said.
Apart from dropping Ruto and all his associations, the new plot is also to kick him out of Mt. Kenya region.
“Mt. Kenya is one of our strongholds, we are now getting to a point of introducing our parties there,” Murathe added.
This plot to take over Mt. Kenya comes amid a tough battle between Ruto’s UDA and Jubilee in the upcoming Kiambaa by-election.
The by-election is going to serve as a litmus test for Jubilee Party after their shameful defeat in Juja by-elections held on May 18.
With coalition talks between ODM and Jubilee getting to a top gear, there has been concern that it may affect their performance at Kiambaaa by-election.
Last week, Nyeri Town MP said the timing for the coalition talks was not right.
He argued that it will give Kiambaa voters a perception that Jubilee Party is not strong enough.
“There was no wisdom in how the information was publicized. Timing is critical. The Kiambaa by-election is very sensitive especially coming after the Juja one. We must not give our rivals in Kiambaa the ammunition by suggesting that Jubilee and ODM will merge,” Ngujiri Wambugu said.