DP will not dissolve to join new Jubilee party, official says

By: BONIFACE MWANGI

The Democratic Party (DP) of Kenya will not disband to join the proposed new Jubilee party.

This was said by its acting national chairman Esau Kioni on Wednesday even as the deadline for parties under the ruling coalition to dissolve nears.

Mr Kioni said the party was not in agreement with the resolutions passed in Naivasha last week by the Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP) steering committee and want some of them reviewed.

“We will not dissolve our party whatsoever since we know many of the best candidates for different seats will be locked out through corruption come the nomination day,” said Mr Kioni in an interview with the Nation.

During the Naivasha meeting, the JAP steering committee told journalists that DP was among the ten parties that had agreed to dissolve and join the new party.

ASSURE PARTY’S FUTURE

But according to Mr Kioni, DP has not made any agreement with the committee and will only do so if they are assured of their party’s future.

The steering committee through Mr Nderitu Gachagua who is in-charge of communication, co-chairman Kiraitu Murungi and his counterpart Noah Wekesa had pointed out that all parties willing to join the new Jubilee party will have to fold up before December 18, 2015 when they will meet at Kasarani to launch the new party.

The three argued that dissolving the small parties willing to join the new party will be the best solution to beat the Opposition in the general elections.

He said they want to make Kenya’s political dimension to resemble that of the United Kingdom and the United State where they only have two or three strong political parties.

They said this can only be done through strengthening the internal political democracy.

NO PARTY WILL BE SWALLOWED

During the Naivasha meeting, the steering committee chairman for political strategy Johnson Sakaja said no party was ‘being swallowed’ noting that the merger was informed by common a political agenda and aspirations.

However, Veronica Maina, the JAP national secretary general, said all they want is to merge many parties than what they had during the last elections.

“All we want is to merge as many parties as possible to come up with a strong one,” she said in a telephone interview.

However, Mr Kioni said DP will not be disbanded but will offer direct nominations to candidates whom they will find fit to vie for different seats including governorship.

“Although, we are supporting Mr Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy Mr William Ruto, we are not into this idea which is meant to lock out potential leaders,” Mr Kioni noted.

While he supports the idea of small parties coming together to form a strong coalition, he says the parties should not be dissolved.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION