Out of power: Jubilee Party relocates headquarters to Kileleshwa
Jubilee Party secretary general Jeremiah Kioni has announced the relocation of the party headquarters in Nairobi from Pangani (Thika Road) to Kileleshwa, off Mandera Road.
This comes months after an auctioneer announced plans to auction the building in a move to recover millions of shillings over a debt said to have fallen into default in 2021.
“Our focus should be strengthening our county, constituency, and ward offices and recruiting more members as we mould and nurture the next generation of Jubilee Leaders,” Mr Kioni said on Wednesday.
“All that parcel of land known as LR no 209/1530 Emani Business Centre along Thika Road, Pangani area, Nairobi County registered in the name of Farmers Industry Limited, g/t…Bidders will be required to produce a bidding deposit of Sh5 million by way of cash or bankers cheque before being allowed to bid,” the auctioneer said.
The former ruling party made the seven-storey building its headquarters in 2013 where major activities took place at.
In the build up to last year’s General Election, activities at the party headquarters dwindled since the party did not have a presidential candidate after it endorsed ODM party leader Raila Odinga under the Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya Coalition.
The Azimio had its command centre at the Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC).
Workflow at the Jubilee Party headquarters reduced considerably in 2021 when the former Head of State Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto fell out.
The then Deputy President and his allies eventually walked out of the building, as Dr Ruto channeled his energies on his then newly formed United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
At the time, Dr Ruto’s allies blamed President Kenyatta for the harassments they were being subjected to within the Jubilee Party, hence the need to seek comfort elsewhere, which led to the birth of UDA that produced the current president.