Jubilee party is now targeting disloyal grassroots leaders in its latest clean-up exercise as the party struggles to remain relevant ahead of the tough 2022 General Election.
After losing in successive by-elections, the ruling party has identified disloyal grassroots leaders to be one of the causes of its poor performance.
Speaking at a church function on August 1, Muranga Woman Representative Sabina Chege said that the disloyal grassroots leaders have been earmarked, urging them to leave before the ax falls on them.
“We have noticed that our party has some weaknesses. Those spoiling our good name and those known to use insults, let them know that we will soon begin operation fagia jubilee,” Sabina Chege said as quoted by the Standard.
Echoing the sentiments of Sabina Chege, Kieni MP Kanini Kega said that the crackdown on disloyal grassroots leaders will begin in the Mt. Kenya region.
“We will work on jubilee officials starting this week especially those who are not allied with the president. We will start with the Mt Kenya region…so those in the headquarters, be warned,” Kanini Kega said.
This is part of the Jubilee party’s plan to restrategize and restore their lost glory.
The party reached this decision after an embarrassing loss in the Kiambaa by-elections where their candidate, Kariri Njama was defeated by UDA’s John Njuguna.
Immediately after the by-elections, Jubilee’s National Management Committee (NMC) held a meeting at its Pangani Headquarters where they agreed to embark on making serious strategic decisions to salvage their image.
However, a section of Jubilee members blamed the dying popularity of the party in Mt. Kenya region to the propaganda peddled by their opponents.
“When I went to Kiambaa, it was very difficult for us to talk of jubilee party. In fact, the people had been poisoned so much that even at times when mentioning the name of the president, they would tell us to leave him alone,” Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni shared.
This desire to clean up their house prompted Jubilee to put a hold to other activities such as coalition talks with Raila Odinga’s ODM party.