MPs Criticize Former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Involvement In Jubilee Party Affairs
MPs have directed their criticism towards former President Uhuru Kenyatta for his involvement in the internal affairs of the Jubilee Party.
The party’s leadership has become a source of contention, with EALA MP Kanini Kega and former Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni engaging in ongoing clashes to seize control of the party.
Despite being the party leader, Uhuru’s decision to convene a National Delegates Conference (NDC) on Monday has been met with opposition from MP Kega’s faction, who argue that he no longer holds authority over the party.
During an inter-denominational prayer meeting at Isiolo Boys Secondary School grounds, Kega’s team emphasized that there will be no NDC meeting, stating that any assembly held on Monday would merely be a political gathering.
“I want to announce as the Secretary General of Jubilee, there is no NDC meeting tomorrow. We will call the meeting at the right time,” Kega said.
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Nominated MP Sabina Chege echoed those sentiments, suggesting that it would be best for Uhuru to distance himself from political matters and prioritize his retirement.
Chege emphasized that Uhuru should utilize his experience to provide guidance to current leaders, including those aligned with his “former party.”
“I urge the former president to rest because he is old now. He should come and advise us but we will be very shocked to see him going to the streets to join the protests. He should not be deceived by that Mzee (Raila Odinga) again,” she said.
“There is no meeting tomorrow and that position lapsed 6 months ago and we are in the 8th month. We will call a legitimate meeting from the head office.”
Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro also lashed the former president, urging him to uphold responsibilities that come with being a retired leader and to reconcile with President William Ruto.
“Our presidential retirement benefit act is very clear that when a president retires they should cease to hold any position in a political party. We are now 8 months since the elections,” he said.
“I urge you as a young man please help us to continue to respect the retired president’s seat. I am not qualified to advise you but call the president to congratulate him and resign from political parties.”
The reported refusal of Kioni to step down as the Secretary-General of the Jubilee Party, in order to make way for Kanini Kega, is said to have sparked the clash within the party.
The Jubilee Party’s National Executive Council implemented changes that replaced Kioni with Kega as Secretary General on February, 9th. These changes were initially approved by the Registrar of Political Parties, but later overturned by the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal.
Kioni along with Vice Chairperson David Murathe and National Treasurer Kagwe Gichohi, had been suspended due to their conduct in managing the affairs of the party.
Kanini Kenya, Adnan Keyna and Raychel Nyamai were chosen to replace Jeremiah Kioni, David Murathe and Kagwe Gichohi respectively in acting capacity.
Kioni argued that the meeting was conducted without adherence to the legal procedures, thereby calling for the lifting of his suspension.