Opposition hit out at Jubilee as President Kenyatta says it’s time for change

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By ABDULHAKIM SHERMAN

newsdesk@reporter.co.ke

Opposition parties have hit at the Government after the launch of the Jubilee Party as President Uhuru Kenyatta said it is time for the older generation leaders to quit the political arena.

ODM leader Raila Odinga launched a blistering attack on Jubilee, describing the ruling coalition as a threat to democracy and the rule of law.

Addressing thousands of party supporters at Mombasa’s Mama Ngina Drive, next to the Kilindini Channel, Mr Odinga described Jubilee as a dishonest regime that had looted public money and frustrated efforts to transfer authority to county governments.

But while unveiling his new presidential vehicle, Jubilee Party at Kasarani Sports Centre, President Uhuru Kenyatta said time has come for older generation leaders to quit the political arena.

Without naming names, but in what was seen as a barb directed at Cord leader Raila Odinga, Mr Kenyatta told his party supporters that time for general change has come.

The president described the launch of Jubilee Party as a “generational statement” beyond even himself or his deputy William Ruto.

Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi said Jubilee Party launch will not change anything in the 2017 presidential race.

Mr Mudavadi as quoted by the Standard, termed the Saturday, September 10, event at Kasarani stadium as extravagance and waste if resources.

Mr Mudavadi told his supporters not to be shaken by the Jubilee Party launch as it was just a waste of resources.

“The Jubilee Party launch does not vote, but it is upon the electorate to decide when the right time comes,” he said.

FORD Kenya party leader Moses Wetang’ula accused the Jubilee government of plotting to kill multi-party democracy.

Mr Wetangula claimed that the merger of Jubilee affiliate parties to form Jubilee Party was a scheme to re-introduce a one party state which made majority of Kenyans suffer.

Speaking in Bungoma County during the burial of Gabriel Khisa, Mr Wetang’ula said CORD affiliate parties will not dissolve but will move together as a coalition.

“FORD fought for multi-party democracy but Jubilee leaders want to kill what has helped many Kenyans, folding of all the 12 parties to join Jubilee Party that was launched yesterday is a sure way of destroying democracy but we in CORD won’t fold our affiliate parties,” he said as quoted by the Standard

The Bungoma Senator who is also CORD co-principal noted that Masinde Muliro and Kijana Wamalwa painstakingly fought for multi-partyism and Kenyans should protect the democratic gains achieved by their forefathers.

 

PICTURE:  President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto at the new Jubilee Party headquarters in Pangani, Nairobi. Image: PSCU

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