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Maina Kamanda Reveals Details Of Secret Plans To Scuttle Jubilee-ODM Merger

The planned merger between the Jubilee and ODM parties might not happen should some Jubilee members succeed in their new plot, Nominated MP Maina Kamanda has said.

This comes amid reports that some members have agreed to the planned merger, which, will endorse ODM leader Raila Odinga as the team’s presidential flag bearer next year.

But Kamanda says that there are those opposed to the merger plans and are using the push for changes in Jubilee Party’s leadership to delay the implementation.

He claims that these people may have ulterior motives, probably to dismiss the people they want out, organize the party in their prefered fashion and then sell it out to other aspirants.

“They need to be investigated because we may have some people who want to take the leadership of the party and then sell it. This is a time for campaigns and you cannot trust anybody,” the lawmaker told The Nation.

These politicians, he says, are the ones pushing for the ouster of party Secretary General Raphael Tuju and Vice Chair David Murathe over claims of mismanaging Jubilee.

Kamanda said that the pressure to eject the two has also attracted the attention of President Uhuru Kenyatta, the party leader, who expressed his concerns during a meeting with the leaders at State House last Friday.

Murathe has, however, admitted that there are those who want him and Tuju out, but says that their demands are justified as they want a strong party to use in next year’s elections.

“To be fair to them, the revamp is important because they need a stronger party to face their opponents in next year’s election,” the former Gatanga MP told the paper.

Kamanda’s revelation comes as bad news for Raila, who seems largely dependent on the planned merger to access the Mt Kenya region and possibly secure some of it’s vote.

He already has the individual support of some area leaders like Kamanda and Murathe, with the President, the Mt Kenya kingpin, also said to be fully behind his candidature.

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