A group dubbed Mt Kenya Inter-Party Grassroots Leaders has urged Narc-Kenya party leader, Martha Karua and Kenya National Congress (KNC) leader Peter Kenneth to dissolve their respective political parties and support Jubilee Party.
The group with members drawn from Nyandarua, laikipia, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Meru, Murang’a and Kiambu counties accused the two politicians of plotting to split Mt Kenya voting bloc which is perceived as President Uhuru Kenyatta’s political base.
James Mwangi from Murang’a County said the region is behind the President’s newly formed Jubilee Party.
“The new party offers a redemption platform from the culture of retrogressive tribal or regional parties that has for a long time characterized our political landscape,” said Mwangi.
He however stated that the party officials should not seek elective seats to make sure fairness and instill trust among supporters.
His sentiments were echoed by Wambugu Nyamu from Nyeri County who said the Party’s steering committee members aspiring for various seats should relinquish their positions.
Nyamu observed that though the party’s nominations will be conducted by the IEBC, the current elected leaders should keep off its affairs.
He dismissed reports that merging of parties will kill democracy, saying that there are 59 political parties in Kenya and only 12 have merged.
“Nothing retrogressive with merging. There is a democratic right with joining any party. The opposition should not fear anything,” said Nyamu.
He further called for fairness and transparency in selection of delegates to attend the Party’s convention at Kasarani early September.
“Initially, we saw some officials selecting only their close friends and relatives to attend political parties’ conventions but in Jubilee Party, we want transparency,” he noted.
He also exuded confidence that the new party will not stop to exist after 2017 elections.