The ruling Jubilee party has dealt a major blow after plans to cut links with William Ruto’s outfit United Democratic Movement (UDA) backfired.
In April this year, Jubilee party Secretary General Raphael Tuju wrote to the Registrar of Political Parties Ann Nderitu requesting her to terminate the pre-election agreement between the Jubilee party and that of United Democratic Party, UDA.
However, confirmed reports now suggest that Jubilee officials who had convened on Monday, May 03, to finalize the deal and pull out of the coalition with UDA failed to reach an agreement.
According to the Standard Newspaper, while some Jubilee officials were pushing to cut links with UDA, others especially those who were elected on UDA party formerly Party of Development and Reform (PDR) were against the move.
“Those opposed to the push have cited possible complications since some of the leaders elected on the Party of Development and Reforms (PDR), which rebranded to UDA, are holding leadership positions in Parliament and are backing President Uhuru Kenyatta,” it is reported.
Those who were elected on PDR ticket include Senate Deputy Majority Leader Fatuma Dullo, Wajir MP Fatuma Gedi, Ahmed Bashane (Tarbai), Mark Lomunokol (Kacheliba), and Sophia Abdi of Ijara among others.
Tuju in a letter to Ann Nderitu earlier on said the party had resolved to end ties with William Ruto-affiliated party since the relationship between the two outfits was untenable.
He further accused UDA party of going against the coalitions agreement when it fielded candidates in recent byelections.
“This is to request that you take note of this letter and to put on record our revocation of the provisional coalition agreement lodged in your offices on May 6, 2018 that was never completed,” Tuju said.
The UDA outfit, however, wants the matter currently before the Registrar of Political Parties Ann Nderitu left to the internal mechanisms of the two parties.