Just days after making an abrupt about-turn in what seemed to be in support of the Building Bridges Initiative, details have emerged of the Tanga Tanga brigade’s plan to take control of the Jubilee party.
The DP’s faction is interested in the party’s engine of 82 members National Executive Committee that has a huge say in the grassroots recruitment, the flagbearer, and formations of alliances, coalitions, and factions.
Owing to the recent Presidential purge that left the committee dented against the DP, this has just 42 members left in the office composed largely of the National and Parliamentary leaders.
Plans are underway to carry out the elections with the aim of grabbing other seats from the Kieleweke faction and even garner the extra vacant 40 positions.
Some of the positions to be wrestled are currently not held by virtue of elected positions, and the vacant ones have been so since the party formed for the 2017 re-run have never held any grassroots recruitments.
The Tanga Tanga faction is keen to clinch the additional 40 vacant seats most of which will be filled by the fresh recruits from the grassroots elections or seconded by the National Delegates Council to gain control of the top organ.
The purge saw, Garissa town MP Aden Duale, Kipchumba Murkomen removed from their National Assembly and Senate Majority Leader positions respectively.
The ax also fell on Nakuru woman representative and senate majority whip Susan Kihika and the National Assembly counterpart Benjamin Washiali, then all members of the NEC.
These reduced the DP’s power and control over the top organ significantly coupled with the appointment of Eldas lawmaker Adan Keynan as the Secretary to the Parliamentary Group raising President Kenyatta’s influence.
The Tanga Tanga faction wants the polls held as soon as possible with the delayed dates causing jitters.
“We are waiting for them to give us a date for the grassroots elections. We are ready. We have been ready for what is now a long-overdue process,” Jubilee Party deputy secretary-general Caleb Kositany told the Nation.
The polls were scheduled for March but were postponed following an extension request the party made to the Registrar of Political Parties.