Vice President William Ruto is now a changed man.
From a staunch supporter of the amalgamation of political parties into a strong monolith with a national perspective, the DP has now surrounded itself with party leaders who appear to have no plan to ditch their outfits, as happened when 12 parties gave way to the formation of the anniversary in 2016 .
Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) Chairman Isaac Ruto, the Service Party (TSP) chief Mwangi Kiunjuri, and Omingo Magara from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have all announced that they will support the DP for the 2022 presidency , but intend to keep their parties.
And while they are still members of the Jubilee, Tharaka-Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki and Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria are expected to also see Dr. Support Ruto’s presidential offer in their new outfits.
Mr Kuria is already connected to the People’s Empowerment Party (PEP), for whose candidates he is campaigning in the upcoming by-elections to the juja parliament, while Prof. Kindiki signaled in January that he will be in a new party for the 2022 elections.
“I support Vice President William Ruto, but I will not join the UDA because I am with TSP,” former Agriculture Minister Kiunjuri told Inooro TV last week.
Arguing that many small parties are not a problem, Mr. Kiunjuri said, “Our people have woken up. They don’t vote for parties, they choose the most suitable person.”
Prof Kindiki, who was kicked from the position of deputy senate spokesman for his association with the DP, says the Jubilee Party taught them a lesson on how to use and dispose of them once a purpose has been achieved. Because of this, he said, they feared a proposal to merge their parties into a monolith.
“We keep our word. We will assemble behind William Ruto for President in 2022. But as they say, once bitten twice shyly. When it comes to political parties, we will not repeat the mistakes we made in 2017. We have to getting together.” and then tell Ruto which party we will support him from, “said Prof. Kindiki in January of this year.
The DP’s collaboration with party leaders who want to keep their outfits is a departure for a man who walked the country in 2016 advocating an idea whose time he felt had come – a national party, all small, often regional outfits are brought together under one roof.
“I’ve seen people complain and say, ‘If we break up our parties, we are preparing to be ridiculed and will be taken for granted in the future.’ But what does that say about you that you think someone is going to get you out of your party? Isn’t that really stupid? “Asked Dr. Ruto in mid-2016, when the jubilee merger debate raged on.
During the merger discussion and long after the anniversary party was founded in September 2016, Dr. Ruto to the face and voice of the need to form a “truly national party”.
Almost five years after the pompous start of the anniversary party, Dr. Ruto on a thread in the ruling party, which he announced as the solution to Kenya’s persistent political problems.
Yesterday, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and his Murang’a counterpart Irungu Kang’ata said the discussion about whether the DP will get these leaders who support him to fold their parties is premature.
“We are now focused on building this new party, but we cannot stop anyone from supporting the DP. We are not in a fight. We can convince them to join the UDA at a later date, or not, but we will try as much as possible. ” It is possible to get people to support us and the DP’s presidential offer, “Murkomen said.
Mr. Kang’ata said there was nothing out of the ordinary in party leaders who wanted to keep their outfits even if they supported the DP.
“It is illogical to believe that there will only be one party affiliated with Ruto in the Mt. Kenya region. It did not work in 2002 and 2007 under Kibaki and 2013/2017 under Uhuru.
“We will only try to make UDA a party and others our sister parties that help us for the bigger cause. Kuria and Kiunjuri parties will exist in the political wing of Ruto,” said Kang’ata.
It seems that the moment of the anniversary came after the handshake in March 2018 between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, leader of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).
Dr. Ruto has claimed the deal should give the former prime minister an easy ride on his fifth run to the presidency.
Dr. Isolated from the Jubilee Party leadership and government, Ruto and his Jubilee Wing from Tangatanga have found a home in the UDA, a renamed version of the Jubilee Development and Reform Party (PDR).
The UDA put up candidates for the parliamentary elections in Matungu and Kabuchai and for the Senate elections in Machakos.
Senior anniversary officials have announced their intention to keep President Kenyatta chairman after his term as president ends in 2022.
But even if Dr. Ruto continues to drift towards the newly founded UDA, he says, he still stands by the original vision of the anniversary.
“The greatest regret I will ever have as a politician is the loss of the anniversary party. The kind of emotional, political, and financial investments we have put into building the anniversary are immense. A strong national party is the only insurance against politics of tribalism and Konmanship. “Said Dr. Ruto last year.
The Jubilee Party was founded in September 2016 after the merger of 12 parties and has at least one elected representative in 41 of the 47 districts of Kenya.
The anniversary has 171 seats in the National Assembly – 140 in the 290 constituencies, 25 of the 47 representatives of the district and six of the 12 nominated MPs – and is only 62 ahead of an absolute two-thirds majority in the House of Representatives.
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25 governor’s seats
The party also won 25 gubernatorial mandates and 34 of the 67 senatorial seats, 25 of which were elected, cementing its position as Kenya’s largest political party.
But with just over a year to go until the next election, the President’s party, which was launched with much fanfare and a promise to correct all the mistakes made by the ruling parties in Kenya, is staring at the same fate: a bleak ending, a one – Election cycle and the unenviable marking of a special vehicle with no further use once the rulers come to power.
And is the anniversary a victim of his own success and ambition? Anniversary Secretary General Raphael Tuju seems to believe that.
“We are victims of the challenges we have as a country. We have taken two courageous, gigantic steps in the past few years: the merger of 12 parties to form the anniversary party and the handshake in March 2018 between President Kenyatta and Mr. Odinga. What do we need? us how we can use these gigantic steps, because Kenya is ultimately a project in preparation, “said Tuju in an earlier interview.
Mr. Tuju believes the problems threatening the Pangani Jubilee are representative of Kenya’s own challenges on its way to becoming truly national political parties, as the Jubilee had hoped.
“The parties in Kenya, including the anniversary, are facing transition problems that must be addressed legally and with constitutional provisions in order to strengthen discipline and create structures,” Tuju said.