By: WANJOHI GITHAE
Kenya African National Union (Kanu) Chairman Gideon Moi and suspended Land Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu have distanced themselves from President Uhuru Kenyatta’s bid to merge parties allied to the ruling Jubilee Alliance, terming it unhealthy for democracy.
Mr Moi said much as they have supported President Kenyatta’s government, they will not close shop to join the new Jubilee party.
“Not under my watch would I want to see the party that is part of the country’s heritage swallowed or killed. In fact, we are on a serious rebranding mission with our eyes set on 2017 polls,” he told the Sunday Nation.
Kanu has a post-election pact with the ruling Jubilee and has been key in pushing its legislative agenda in Parliament through its nine MPs.
Ms Ngilu’s Narc party will also not be disbanding even after it was decided that all Jubilee-affiliated parties should dissolve and form a single party.
Narc was part of 10 parties that formed Jubilee Alliance in December 2013.
The party did not send a representative to the meeting held in Naivasha last weekend.
Narc Secretary-General Fidelis Nguli said they are not disbanding anytime soon.
“Why would we dissolve and join others, why can’t others dissolve and join us instead?” posed Mr Nguli.
He said the party will field candidates in all seats including the presidency.
“We will be having a presidential candidate. We will announce our candidate when time come,” he said.
Mr Nguli, a close ally of Ms Ngilu, predicted chaos in the new party. “There will be too many competing interests there, expect chaos,” he said.
Kanu Secretary-General Nick Salat says the decision compelling Jubilee affiliated parties was not informed by the popular will.
“We are not part of the merger because we believe it is dictatorship and is reflective of the kind of leadership we have in the country,” he said, adding that they have warned their members against joining the new outfit.
EYES ON 2017
He said the folding of URP will create a void in Rift Valley, which they plan to fill.
“Such an opportunity to us is godsend. We will go there and explain to our people why they will not feel like orphans when Kanu is here.”
Chama Cha Uma headed by former assistant minister Wavinya Ndeti has also indicated that it will not be joining Jubilee party.
The Jubilee parties officials together with a steering committee chaired by Senator Kiraitu Murungi and former cabinet minister Noah Wekesa decided to have all the parties dissolved by December 18.
President Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto have indicated that this is the party they will use in 2017 elections.
The parties which formed Jubilee Alliance are TNA, URP, RNC, Narc, APK, NFK, CCU, Ford People and PNU.
Meru Governor Peter Munya and his Bomet counterpart Isaac Ruto have vowed to resist the new outfit.
Governor Ruto has promised to campaign against the proposed party.
The vocal county chief says he will go against the Uhuru-Ruto wave in Rift Valley adding that he is keen on forming a formidable force against the duo.
He, however, told Sunday Nation that he does not plan to form a new party.
“People have said I have formed a party, but I want to set the record straight that there are parties that are legally registered and other people can form new parties that we have a choice of joining.
It does not have to be governor Ruto forming a party,” Mr Ruto said.
SOURCE: DAILY NATION