Barely a week after Deputy President William Ruto made it clear that he will decamp to UDA should he find the going too tough, Jubille has cracked the whip by formally staring a divorce process.
The move leaves DP Ruto a cornered who now has to make a stand on which party he belongs to rather than sitting on the fence and politicking, criticising Jubilee and President Uhuru Kenyatta whenever he find it fit to do so and earn political mileage.
Jubilee party has written to the registrar of political Parties Anne Nderitu seeking to dissolve its coalition agreement with PDR now UDA.
In a letter by Secretary-General Raphael Tuju, Jubilee cites hostility by the current officials of UDA, adding that the move comes after consideration of the prevailing political and legal hurdles facing the proposed coalition.
The letter states that Jubilee’s National Management Committee has found it improper and untenable to cooperate with UDA which has been hostile and identifies itself as hustlers which has a negative conotation.
“There being no harmonisation of our policy and vision we have found ourselves as strange bedfellows especially with the UDA use of their identity as “hustlers” which has a negative dictionary meaning and connotation,” read part of the letter.
Tuju noted that the hustler agenda is also at complete variance with Jubilee’s motto of ‘Tuko Pamoja’ that seeks to unite Kenyans and not divide them along ethnic or class lines.
“Apart from fielding candidates against Jubilee candidates some of their members have continued to refer to Jubilee Party in derogatory terms even in the public domain making it impossible to engage in any coalition-building discourse,” Tuju said.
“The Party has therefore decided to pull out of any further negotiations intended to complete the coalition process as is envisaged by the Political Parties Act and to cease any further engagement and association with the PDR whose officials, symbols and name has metamorphosed beyond recognition in comparison to the PDR we worked with previously. However, and without prejudice, all members of the dissolved coalition holding leadership positions in the Assemblies shall continue serving as such,” he said.
“Whereas a working relationship has subsisted in the few Counties that the parties intended, the members did not move or have not met these requirements as is expected by both Statute and the regulations,” he said.
“This is to request that you take note of the content of this letter and to put on record our revocation of the provisional coalition agreement lodged in your offices on the 6th of May 2018 that was never completed,” Tuju said.
In a recent interview on Citizen TV, Ruto noted that he will cross over to UDA should he find the going too tough in Jubilee.
“Ikifika sehemu hatuelewani tutajipanga na UDA kwa sababu ni chama tunajua na sera moja kwa sababu kimekuwa ndani ya Jubilee. Ukitaka kutatua kero za taifa lazima uwe na gari la kitaifa, ikifika tunatumia UDA tutakifanya kiwe chama cha kitaifa. Kuna watu wanataka kufanya Jubilee chama cha kikabila na wakifanya hivo basi UDA tutakijenga kiwe chama cha kitaifa.” Stated Ruto.