Jubilee needs grassroots elections to strengthen, achieve Big Four - MPs
4 months ago, 20 Aug 09:39
Some Jubilee Party lawmakers want grassroots elections held so space is opened up for political participation.
In a post on his Facebook page on Monday, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria noted that President Uhuru Kenyatta's party is the only one without this space.
Kuria said the elections are "long overdue" and further pointed out that their key counterparts in the opposition have party leadership roles.
He named Suba South MP John Mbadi (ODM), Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana (Wiper), former Kakamega Boni Khalwale (Ford Kenya) and Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa (Ford Kenya).
"The government in any democracy is the product of a political process. Political parties are the fathers and mothers of governments," Kuria went on to say.
"Key national agenda such as the Big Four ought to be buttressed by a strong political will. The Big Four is a very potent warhead with the potential of transforming Kenya forever. But even the most lethal warhead requires a strong missile to deliver it. In the case of the Big Four, a strong Jubilee Party is that missile."
In response to Kuria's sentiments, Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot said the party owes its members the elections.
"I support [this]. Jubilee should hold grassroots elections as soon as possible. It is long overdue," he wrote on Twitter.
The party held the elections in 2015 but there were chaos and bitter exchanges of words. Jubilee then resolved to handpick individuals who had been fronted for the vote but the list was rejected.
Many meetings were reduced to shouting matches between party members and the handpicked officials.
Several officials later made calls for the party to conduct elections at that level to popularise the party.
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