Elachi to Uhuru: Take charge of your party
By Peter Ochieng
Former President Uhuru Kenyatta has been challenged to take charge of the Jubilee Party, in a bid to avoid its falling from grace to grass.
Dagoreti North Member of Parliament (MP) Beatrice Elachi says Kenyatta must become a hands-on Party leader if he intends to save the party.
Speaking to NTV on Wednesday, 22nd February 2023, Elachi said time has come for the former Head of State to be available, in order to keep hands on the decks of the former ruling party’s affairs.
“If you are a party leader, you must be hands-on. Be available for your members and that way you can be able to whip them when they get out of the line,” she said.
The former Nairobi County Assembly Speaker says she knows where Uhuru’s weakness is.
“My former president must also become hands-on. I know it is his weakest link.”
Elachi, a former Jubilee Party member was elected Dagoreti North MP on the ODM Party ticket during the August 9th, 2022 polls.
She succeeded Simba Arati who is serving his first term as Kisii County’s second governor, after James Ongwae.
Her sentiments come at a time leadership wrangles are being witnessed in Jubilee.
Recently, officials of the National Executive Council (NEC) suspended Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni and Vice Chairman David Murathe among other officers, over what was termed as gross misconduct.
Former Kieni MP Kanini Kega was appointed Kioni’s successor albeit in an acting capacity.
Kioni maintains he is the bona-fide Jubilee SG, accusing President William Ruto of meddling in the party’s affairs.
He claims Ruto tried to capture Jubilee from Uhuru way back in 2021, but he did not succeed.
“Ruto has been trying to wrestle the party from Uhuru Kenyatta since 2021. They tried to form Jubilee Asili but it was not successful. This one also will not succeed,” he claimed.
Uhuru has maintained a deafening silence even as things seem to get out of hand at his party.