The wrangles within Jubilee Party have notched higher after Deputy President William Ruto unveiled Jubilee Asili Centre, a parallel office to the party's Pangani headquarters.
His decision has not resonated well with President Uhuru Kenyatta's allies who have declared that they will frustrate all efforts to have a new breakaway party registered bearing similar resemblance to Jubilee ruling party.
Jubilee Vice Chairman David Murathe, while speaking with the Standard on Friday, June 19, further poked holes into the decision by Ruto allies to promote the Jubilee Manifesto from the new centre.An image shared by Digital Strategist Dennis Itumbi of the 'Jubilee Asili Centre' on June 18, 2020
"You can't claim to have a party that appears to share a name and slogan with another because it will confuse people. We have the copyright of Jubilee, so they can't list another party with that name.
"If they want to move to something else they are good to go. Good riddance. These are people who had promised to work from the Jubilee headquarters but now claim they have been denied.
Ruto's new slogan 'Sote Pamoja' and the handshaking logo bear a close resemblance to Jubilee's logo and slogan 'Tuko Pamoja'.
Murathe further warned Ruto's allies against stopping monthly contributions which are meant for running activities at the Jubilee's headquarters along Thika Road Nairobi.
Kieni MP Kanini Kega said that DP Ruto's allies were risking their positions in the party as they may be kicked for supporting a different ideology.
"Jubilee sponsored them to Parliament. If found to have formed a new party, we will expel them as stipulated by the party's constitution," Kega proclaimed.
A report by Daily Nation on Saturday, June 20 added that two Kenyans had reached out to the registrar of political parties Anne Nderitu inquiring on the reservation for the Jubilee Asili name.
"They are unknown people. I cannot share their details and I cannot know who is behind them. What I can tell you is that they are common names you will find on Kenyan streets. Who knows, they could be speculators," Nderitu detailed.
Jubilee Deputy Secretary-General and Ruto's ally Caleb Kositany declared that they would register the party with a new name if attempts to register Jubilee Asili are blocked.
"A name is just a name. If they register it, we can still pick another one and we are not short of options. It is time for those who were rejected at the Jubilee headquarters to express their mind," Kositany stated.Deputy President William Ruto in a meeting with de-whipped Jubilee legislators in Nairobi on June 18, 2020
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