Elections 2017

Ruto: Jubilee will hold elections before March

Jubilee Party will hold grassroots elections before end of March 2020.

Deputy President William Ruto, also the Jubilee deputy party leader, said plans are underway for the polls expected to defuse suspicion amid growing divisions.

Ruto said the elections will end the notion that Jubilee is controlled by a few individuals in Nairobi.

Speaking yesterday in Birbiriet village in Cherangany constituency, Trans Nzoia County, during the burial of Kibiwot Koross, a prominent farmer and former Kenya Cooperative Creameries chairman, the DP announced that President Uhuru Kenyatta is in support of the elections.

“The President and I have sat down and discussed and we have to put in place plans for Jubilee elections because the party constitution says elections should be done by March, starting from the grassroots,” Ruto said.

Party politics

Tanga Tanga and Kieleweke factions emerged in the party after the March 2018 handshake between President Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga.

The party elections debate was ignited by Strategic Food Reserve board chairman Noah Wekesa who asked Jubilee to strengthen its grassroots through an election.

“Let us have Jubilee Party elections so that people in the grassroots can run the party,” he said.

At the same time, the DP urged Kenyans to forge unity as debate on constitutional changes takes shape.

He told Kenyans to make a critical look at the proposals and settle on a common ground.

The DP added: “Everyone must be heard. No one has superior views than the other on this issue.”