Senior counsel Ahmednasir Abdullahi has opined that the Jubilee party, an outfit that was once popular among many Kenyans is totally dead.
Speaking on JKL on Wednesday, June 9, the city lawyer said after the retirement of President Uhuru Kenyatta in August 2022, the party could likely lose its fame and become just a small party like many other struggling parties.
“Jubilee has no future. I think (Jubilee party vice chairman David) Murathe can have a carcass if he will be there (when if finally dies),” he said.
He said if Jubilee denies deputy president William Ruto the opportunity to fly the party’s flag (in the 2020 General Election) and he decides to try his luck with a different party, then that would be the end of the road for the Jubilee party.
“I think after 2022, Jubilee party will go just like other parties went. It may be a small party with a few MCAs, one or two MPs and one-woman representative,” he said.
Although party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju has dismissed the possibility of divisions within the party, it is clear that things are not as they were a few years ago.
Despite being the most popular party in the country with over 8 million membership, the ruling party is currently in shambles, a move that has prompted some of its members to call for a total overhaul on its management.
On Monday, Kirinyaga governor Ann Waiguru while calling for major changes in the party ahead of the 2022 General Election admitted that Jubilee’s influence has diminished and it is not the great party that was a decade ago.
“The Jubilee Party carries the dreams and aspirations of many Kenyans. It was built on the strengths of many. The party became what it was because of it’s diverse and broad support base. The rains have beaten us. Our fortunes are dwindling. Intense introspection is demanded,” she said.
Waiguru’s request was similar to that made by her Nakuru counterpart Lee Kinyanjui who urged the Jubilee Party leader to crack the whip on party officials to save it from embarrassment.