“Jubilee Party Witnesses Significant Transformations as President Uhuru Kenyatta Leads National Delegates Conference at Nairobi’s Ngong Race Course.
Former President Uhuru Kenyatta presided over the Jubilee Party’s National Delegates Conference held at the Ngong Race Course in Nairobi on Monday, unveiling substantial changes within the party’s ranks. Accompanied by key party officials, such as Jeremiah Kioni (Secretary-General) and David Murathe (Vice Chairman), President Kenyatta spearheaded the expulsion of dissenting members, including nominated MP Sabina Chege, Eala legislator Kanini Kega, and Nelson Dzuya.”
During the Jubilee Party’s National Delegates Conference held at the Ngong Race Course in Nairobi, significant developments unfolded, reshaping the party’s leadership landscape. Former MPs Jimi Angwenyi, Naomi Shabban, Joshua Kutuny, Mutava Musyimi, and Rachel Nyamai were among those affected by the transformations.
Former PS Saitoti Torome assumed the role of national chairman, replacing Mr. Dzuya, while Yasin Noor took over as the deputy secretary-general, replacing Mr. Kutuny. Jamleck Kamau stepped in as the national director of elections, succeeding Mr. Kega. Additionally, blogger Pauline Njoroge was appointed as the party’s deputy organizing secretary, and Maison Leshoomo became the national chair of the Women’s League.
The National Delegates Conference served as an opportunity for former President Uhuru Kenyatta to consolidate his authority within the party, particularly in the face of challenges from Ms. Chege and a faction led by Mr. Kega. These dissenting members, along with a group of Jubilee-elected legislators, sought to remove Mr. Kenyatta, Mr. Kioni, Mr. Murathe, and National Treasurer Kagwe Gichohi from their leadership positions. They even proclaimed Ms. Chege as the new party leader, replacing Mr. Kenyatta, and Mr. Kega as the new secretary-general, replacing Mr. Kioni.
However, Mr. Kioni, who aligns with the former President, maintained that they remained the party’s legitimate officials, contesting the rebels’ claims. The National Delegates Conference thus became a platform for President Kenyatta to assert his authority and reinforce party unity in the face of these challenges. Notably, there were expectations that Azimio la Umoja One Kenya’s top leaders, led by Raila Odinga, would be present at the meeting amidst internal party wrangling.