Former Cherenganyi constituency Member of Parliament Joshua Kuttuny has laughed off a meeting organized by Jubilee’s General Jeremiah Kioni.
Kuttuny, who is among leaders in Jubilee Party who have since switched their political allegiance to President William Ruto, said that there is no way Kioni can organize for an Annual Delegates Conference (ADC) when the same meeting was held last year. In the run up to last year’s general election, a Jubilee NDC was held where the then Deputy President William Ruto was expelled from the Party, and henceforth ceased to be Deputy Party leader.
Ruto is currently the President of Kenya, and the leader of Kenya Kwanza coalition. Of late, the President has been in an offensive charm to lure as many MPs as possible to his Kenya Kwanza side. Among members of parliament who have since jump ship are Sabina Chege, Felix Odiwuor aka Jalang’o and Kanini Kega (both of Jubilee, and former Raila diehards in the last presidential campaigns).
The move by President Ruto has seen Jubilee members differ with their Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni – who have even attempted to oust him from the powerful position. Jeremiah Kioni has since remained put, and has been adamantly following Raila Odinga in the latter’s political rallies across the country. The NDC meeting being called by Jeremiah Kioni is slated for March 24 and 25 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre.
“We want to tell Kioni to hold his horses. We want to tell our members that Jeremiah Kioni is no longer an official in the party. He remains suspended. We want to tell our members that NDC is not going to take place,” Kuttuny said.
“We have many ways to fight it. If we get a ruling on our application, then the notice by Kioni is null and void. But we are also going to firefight in court. We have to suspend that,” he added. Mr Jeremiah Kioni was purportedly replaced by former Kieni MP, and currently member of East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), Kanini Kega.
On his part, former Ndaragua MP has insisted that the planned meeting will happen. “The agenda of the NDC shall be to receive and welcome the elected leaders from the concluded General Election,” the public notice reads in part.
The NDC will also elect from among the eligible members of the party, the national officials of the party to fill in vacant positions, Kioni insisted.
The meeting as well formulates and approves Jubilee party policies and programmes, according to the notice signed by Jeremiah Kioni.