Kanini Kega, the Secretary-General (SG) of the Jubilee Party, has called Vice Chair David Murathe and suspended SG Jeremiah Kioni to appear before the party’s disciplinary committee. Kega assured the three that they would be dealt properly and that the disciplinary procedure would be followed. The summons had previously been issued on Kioni, Murathe, and dismissed National Treasurer Kagwe Gichohi by the party. The bad blood was fueled by the coalition’s ongoing discrimination against Jubilee, claiming unjust distribution of seats in Parliamentary leadership and committee roles.
As the schism among the opposition deepens, Kega, who was recognized as the new SG by party chair Nelson Dzuya, stated that the new party leadership will bring the house to order and barred Jubilee Party members from participating in any political events organized by the coalition party. He advised party members to abstain from any gathering that might cause disorder and disturbance in the nation.
The schism in Jubilee is said to be the result of the party’s prolonged partnership with the opposition, headed by Azimio, while ignoring its supporters. Murathe, a supporter of the party’s leader, former President Uhuru Kenyatta, dismissed his dismissal, calling it a ploy to undermine the opposition. He declared his support for Azimio and promised to continue supporting the opposition as it pursued its mission.
The new Jubilee leadership intends to restore order to the party and forge a cohesive front. Despite the tensions, the Jubilee Party remains one of Kenya’s major political parties and is projected to maintain an important role in the country’s politics.