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No fanfare as JAP exits and Jubilee enters

By Daniel Psirmoi | September 9th 2016

Bungoma Governor Ken Lusaka (left) and Senate Speaker Ekwee Ethuro during the dissolution of New Ford Kenya party, to join Jubilee Party, at the Bomas of Kenya. (Photo: Elvis Ogina/Standard) 

The mother of the yet-to-be-launched Jubilee Party was dissolved Thursday without much fanfare.

No fiery speeches, no entertainment, no jigs that are common during most National Delegates Conferences, marked the dissolution of the Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP), the predecessor of the political outfit that will be launched on Saturday in Kasarani.

JAP delegates endorsed the folding up of their party and the merger with JP, in a ceremony that lasted for slightly over an hour, with leaders elected on JAP tickets at the event assuring the newcomers of free and fair nominations.

Caught unawares

Although the function was slated to start in the afternoon on the official programme at the Bomas of Kenya multi-purpose hall, it kicked off at 10am, catching many people, including journalists, unawares.

At the hall, party officials Nelson Dzuya (Chairman) and Veronica Maina (Secretary General) who led the programme, paraded two lawmakers, Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu and Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot, who were elected on JAP tickets during the by-elections.

Addressing the delegates, the two legislators said their nomination and subsequent election after they clinched the ticket, is proof that the new party is democratic and the same will be replicated in 2017.

"I was virtually unknown when I was given a chance to fly the JAP flag for the Kericho senate seat, after winning nominations. No one should worry about nominations," said Cheruiyot.

Waititu asked members of the original Jubilee party to welcome other political outfits.

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