Uhuru, Ruto to coin new party name for 2017 elections


The new name for the Jubilee coalition will be decided by the President and his deputy, a spokesman for the Jubilee Alliance Party’s Steering Committee has said.

According to Mr Nderitu Gachagua, the panel decided Mr Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr William Ruto should come up with the party name, which they will use to seek re-election in the 2017 General Election.

“It was difficult for us as members of (the) Jubilee coalition to agree on a name. Nevertheless, the new name must start with ‘Jubilee’,” he told the Daily Nation in an interview.

He said the name “Jubilee” is important because they used it during the last elections and because their supporters have become fond of it. Therefore, they have no choice but to use it, he added.

Mr Gachagua, the Nyeri County governor, also noted that the two principals must come up with the new name before December 18, after all willing small parties will have merged to form the new party and before they meet at Kasarani to launch it.

He added that his team is preparing a schedule they will use to convene a meeting with all the MCAs, governors, senators and MPs allied to the Jubilee coalition.

“Very soon we will announce the dates through the media. This meetings are to build synergy and strengthen our new party and ask the leaders to help ‘sell’ it to the grassroots,” he said, adding that they want to draw more people into the new coalition than what they had with the Jubilee coalition.

So far, only 10 parties have agreed to join the new Jubilee coalition, with eight having submitted their resolutions by the deadline of November 8.

However, Mr Gachagua said the door to join the new party is still open.

The co-chairmen of the Jubilee Steering Committee, Mr Kiraitu Murungi and Mr Noah Wekesa, said they are urging other parties to join them and form a strong party that will easily win the 2017 elections.

“Don’t fight something you don’t know, join and then you will see its fruits,” said Mr Murungi.

Meanwhile, Kieni MP Kanini Kega is objecting to an immediate merger and has proposed a meeting among the top four parties — TNA, URP, APK and Narc — to chart a path that will ensure the party’s success.

He added that merging all parties at once will result in conflict when selecting the top leaders.