What you need to know about Jubilee Party Kenya
Thirteen political parties under the ruling Jubilee Coalition merged to form one party, the Jubilee Party ahead of the Kenyan elections in 2017.
The Jubilee party was born out of the Jubilee Alliance, a multi-party coalition established to support the joint presidential elections ticket of Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto in the 2013 Kenya general elections. At the time of the 2013 election, its members were The National Alliance, the National Rainbow Coalition, the United Republican Party, United Democratic Front and the Republican Congress.
In September 2016, all the parties forming forming Jubilee Alliance were folded and more parties that joined the new party were folded.
The new party’s slogan is “Tuko Pamoja” a Swahili word meaning “we are together”.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy, William Ruto will still be the flag bearers.
Jubilee party said t former party officials who served in the dissolved Jubilee Alliance Party will hold interim positions in the new Jubilee party until a new team is put in place.
Party insiders say the move contains any possible fall outs that would have arisen from the scramble for party positions by member parties.
Delegates of the new Jubilee party endorsed president Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto as party leader and deputy party leader respectively.
The move means only president Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto will be added to the new list of Jubilee party officials submitted to the registrar of political parties.
All other candidates for the party will be nominated in a competitive process manned by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
President Uhuru Kenyatta said he will have no preferred candidates meaning all aspirants will have to battle it out.
“I want to make it clear that neither I nor my deputy have preferred candidates for party positions. We will work with leaders the people will choose,” said Uhuru.
Parties that dissolved to form the Jubilee party include: TNA, URP, UDF, NFK, RC, URP, GNU and TIP.
Some opposition leaders also joined Jubilee supporters in welcoming Jubilee Party.
They included Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya who ditched ODM for the new Jubilee Party.
Karachuonyo MP James Rege, former Cabinet Ministers Raphael Tuju and Nicholas Biwott also joined the party.