That Jubilee ship is almost sinking, is no longer a secret. The destiny of the party appears to have dwindled further after it emerged there are plans to lock the Deputy president William Ruto out the party he plans to ride on to presidency in 2022.
A source close to Jubilee party opinion shapers told Mkenya News that plans are already there to merge the ruling coalition with other three parties. This will give member opposed to William Ruto’s presidency muscles to either keep him on toes on kick him out of the coalition.
The president and his team are reportedly hatching a plan to exploit a loophole within the party’s constitution to force the merger that would see him form a coalition government with former prime minister Raila Odinga.
Article 9 Section one of the Jubilee Party Constitution, states that “The Party Leader shall be the overall Leader of the Party and the symbol of unity.”
Section five adds that “The Party Leader shall promote political harmony and shall have overall authority over the other officials and members of the party.”
These two clauses seemingly grant Kenyatta veto powers to stipulate the path the party can take, including a merger, especially one with African Union envoy Raila Odinga, which has been a contentious issue.
It has been reported that Kenyatta’s allies were in favour of activating the clause as parties that merged to form Jubilee in 2017 acknowledged its existence.
On Thursday, April 23, the Jubilee National Advisory Council (NAC) which comprises of two representatives from 12 merged parties stated that Kenyatta was at liberty to form a coalition with any interested party.
The plan to force a merger was let out of the envelope by Gatundu south MP Moses Kuria. In a Facebook post in April 19, Kuria claimed the secretary General of the party was using the back door to force a merger of Jubilee party and several other parties without consulting members.
“While others are taking advantage of the fact that the High Court is not accessible due to COVID-19 to change Jubilee party officials ahead of the merger with ODM and KANU. Roho Chafu! (unclean hearts),” Kuria posted on Facebook.
Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu, Kenyatta’s ally, argued that the Head of State would form a merge on his own accord, similar to how he hatched the March 2018 handshake with Odinga.
“When he shook hands with Raila, he didn’t consult anybody. It is the same way he would enter a coalition. He has the ultimate authority, but he would always want to carry the people with him. It is on that basis that he would inform them.
“Whatever is happening in the party is an attempt by the tanga tanga wing to seize control of Jubilee for their 2022 plans,” Wambugu proclaimed.
A senior official within Jubilee also proclaimed that whether Ruto had enough numbers within the National Executive Committee, Kenyatta could overrule any decision.
However, Ruto allies differed, arguing that Kenyatta would need the support of party organs to form a coalition.
“A merger is a serious process. I would advise them to join ODM instead of pushing for a coalition which will have to follow the due processes,” Soy MP Caleb Kositany argued