Olekina to Kioni: Ask Uhuru to speak to your members or all of them will fold
By Joshua Cheloti
Narok Senator Ledama Olekina has warned that the Jubilee party is on the verge of folding up.
The senator, now wants Jubilee party secretary general Jeremiah Kioni to ask the party leader, former President Uhuru Kenyatta to speak to the members, to avoid its collapse.
“The Hon Jeremiah Kioni…. @HonKioni Please Ask Uhuru to come and speak to your members or all of them will fold!” Olekina who doubles up as Senate deputy minority whip said in a tweet on February 8, 2023.
The tweet came at a time there were reports that 32 Members of Parliament allied to the Jubilee party were meeting President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy Rigathi Gachagua at State House Nairobi.
Multiple media outlets have reported that during the meeting, the legislators – both Members of the National Assembly and Senate – agreed to work with the Kenya Kwanza government.
This simply means they have broken ranks with the Azimio coalition.
Jubilee party is one of the key members of the Azimio One Kenya Coalition. But after the August 9 polls, and recent anti-government rallies, some of the party members have openly distanced themselves from the opposition activities.
Among those that have openly opposed to Azimio’s rallies is nominated Member of Parliament Sabina Chege.
Chege was a vocal leader in the Azimio camp during the campaign period. She has however been leaning more to the government side.
“Early this week I was in the state house; I arrived before you. I love respecting anointing. Our leader in Mt Kenya is Rigathi Gachagua and we should support him. You will not see me in Maandamano because I am not that stupid,” the former Murang’a County Woman Member of Parliament said on January 28, 2023.
A meeting of Jubilee MPs comes at a time the party is planning to rejuvenate itself at the grassroots after suffering a humiliating defeat in the August general election.
The party recently shifted its headquarters from Pangani to Kileleshwa, with Kioni saying they will focus on mobilizing more members.
“Our focus will remain on strengthening our county, constituency and ward offices and recruiting more members as we mould and nurture the next generation of Jubilee leaders,” said the Jubilee party secretary general last week.