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Kamukunji MP Yusuf Hassan ‘moves on’ from Jubilee party

By Mercy Simiyu October 11th, 2023 2 min read

Kamukunji lawmaker Yusuf Hassan says a number of elected officials from the Jubilee party have transitioned to pursue their independent leadership paths.

Speaking during a television interview with KTN, the lawmaker said the deep-seated internal turmoil within the former ruling party pushed the leaders with no choice but to find a way out

“Jubilee is split, a majority of us who are sitting in parliament have moved on. We have formed our own leadership based on our own needs and then there is the other old Jubilee which was holding the headquarters and contesting that,” He said

He further said the internal strife has, in some instances, found its way into the legal arena, as different factions within the party vie for control.

“This is a matter in court and when one day one section of Jubilee wins a court decision the other side appeals. This is what has been going on but in reality, the overwhelming majority of Jubilee party who are in the National Assembly and Senate have selected Sabina Chege and Kanini Kega as their leaders,” Yusuf said.

The Jubilee party is currently experiencing internal divisions with two prominent factions. The first faction, led by Sabina Chege and with Kanini Kega as the acting party leader and secretary general, is aligned with President William Ruto. They assert their influence and control over the party.

On the other hand, the second faction is firmly in support of the retired President Uhuru Kenyatta and Jeremiah Kioni serves as its Secretary General. This faction officially recognizes Uhuru Kenyatta as the party leader and operates under his banner.

The division has become evident as both sides conduct separate official meetings and hold their own press conferences, each maintaining that they are the legitimate authority responsible for the party’s affairs. This internal conflict has led to a situation of parallel leadership within the Jubilee party, creating a challenge to the party’s stability and unity.

On June 2, 2023, the Jubilee Party Internal Dispute Resolution Tribunal declared as null and void the notice that convened former president Uhuru Kenyatta’s National Delegates meeting held a month earlier.

And on June 14, 2023, the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal upheld the party’s Internal Dispute Resolution Committee’s decision to dismiss the retired President as party leader.

The battle for the heart and soul of the former ruling party is currently a matter before the High Court after Uhuru’s men filed an application to block their removal from office.

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