Jubilee Party Rift Widens Further as it Fails to Present a United Front to the BBI Team

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto exhibits the party symbol during the launch of the Jubilee Party at Kasarani Stadium, Nairobi County

Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju will not babysit Tanga Tanga anymore.After several attempts to convene the party’s PG so as to present a unanimous position to the Building Bridges Initiative Team, Tuju now says the party will not directly present their views to the Senator Haji and Adams Oloo led committee.Instead, he says individual party members will present their views.

It is emerging that   rival camps withing the ruling party, with competing political interests pitting Uhuru Kenyatta against his deputy William Ruto have derailed attempts for the present a united front and  a harmonized document. Tuju has therefore refused to babysit anyone and given party members a go ahead to present their individual views to the committee.

“As a party, we are not presenting any views to the BBI. We are a democratic party and our members are free to present their opinions to the BBI. We can’t take a position on behalf of Kenyans but we will let Kenyans go for what they want. We want Kenyans to continue having and enjoying freedom on how they should be governed,” said Tuju.

These remarks point to how much Jubilee party is derailed from the inside and that the party’s elected leaders no longer see eye to eye, leave alone convening a meeting to have a common stand on important issues like presenting views to the BBI team.Other political parties like ODM,Wiper,ANC and Ford Kenya have all presented a united front and given their opinions to the BBI Team.

Jubilee has been unable to call the PG meeting to chart the way forward not only on BI proposals but also on the party elections scheduled for March next year.Already the battle lines are drawn. Team Kieleweke is pushing for a referendum, while their Tangatanga opponents have set conditions for a plebiscite. They say it should not tinker with the governance system or create leadership positions for the opposition and others.

The 14-member BBI taskforce co-chaired by Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji and Adams Oloo intends to conclude public participation by next month.They will then write the report and are to submit it to President Kenyatta and Raila in October when the BBI’s extended term expires.


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