Kieni MP Kanini Kega has called for an overhaul of Jubilee’s top leadership in order for the ruling party to regain its popularity in the Mt Kenya region.
Speaking in Mbiriri village, Kieni Constituency, the legislator said that Jubilee Party’s defeat in two key by-elections in Kiambu County warrants the need to clean house.
According to the lawmaker allied to the Kieleweke [ President Uhuru Kenyatta allies] wing of the ruling party, perhaps it is time for some of the top leaders to be shown the door, to pave way for more vibrant and strategic individuals.
“As far as I am concerned, Jubilee is not dead in Mt Kenya region what we need is fumigation which entails removal of some party leaders who are behind our poor performance, I don’t want to name names but they know themselves,” said Kega.
Kega says that Jubilee Party should conduct grassroots elections to chose new leaders in all the 47 counties if it is to regain its prominence. This, Kega says, will ensure the much-needed young and vibrant leaders are taking over the party.
“Jubilee is the party of choice in this region [Mt Kenya] what we need is to fuse in young and energetic leaders who will take it to another level, it’s wrong for us as a region to let this party fizzle out yet other regions have dominant parties with leaders who have a national outlook.”
Recent defeat in the Kiambaa Parliamentary by-election, he says, is a justifiable ground for initiating reforms in the party, insisting that this can only be done through party polls in the next two months. Kega says that this will also provide the party with a chance to replace leaders who have since decamped to DP William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
“Those implying that Jubilee’s loss was in protest against the president are missing the point. In fact, our opponents won it through vote bribery and focussing on lies. If it’s true then I challenge those MPs to resign and seek fresh mandate through UDA party and they will surely lose since Mt Kenya residents love their president,” he said.