Jubilee will no longer be part of coalition talks with Raila’s ODM party, the party’s deputy secretary general Joshua Kutuny has said. Kutuny stated that the party leadership has resolved to freeze the talks for a period of four months.
“We agreed that at least for now, we should drop the idea of the merger and instead focus on revamping the party for the next four months,” Jubilee Party deputy secretary-general Joshua Kutuny said.
Uhuru’s party will now shift its focus to its revamp and strengthening of party structures. The party also seeks to solve internal wrangles and improve its public approval ratings before committing to the Uhuru-Raila coalition.
The decision to halt the merger was reached at in a Monday meeting between the party leadership and its Members of Parliament. The MPs proposed that it was prudent for the ruling coalition to focus on putting its house in order before making any 2022 move.
Kutuny, who was part of the meeting, revealed that the decision does not mean a total halt of coalition talks with Raila.
“The merger idea is on the table but not for now. Let it come at a later date when we have finished rejuvenating our party and made it a formidable force,” Kutuny said.
The decision comes in the backdrop of a grueling duel between the party and Ruto’s UDA party in the just concluded Kiambaa by-election. Jubilee’s candidate lost to Ruto’s choice painting a picture of its dwindling support in its perceived bedrock.