Campaigns kick off in Kenya as major political parties set for mega takeoffs

Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto is expected to bring the Jubilee Party into being, after the political parties dissolved yesterday.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto of the Jubilee Party

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto of the Jubilee Party

Party delegates from at least thirteen political parties are set to have a joint meeting at the Kasarani Indoor Arena in the capital, Nairobi to ratify the formation of the Jubilee Party.

President Uhuru Kenyatta will then officially unveil the new Jubilee Party Saturday.

 

He is also expected to name the party’s 77-member interim National Executive Committee before unveiling the party’s symbols and slogan.

 

 

 

Meanwhile, opposition leader and ODM party leader Raila Odinga is set to cut short his tour of Western Kenya Friday to personally take charge of the party’s 10th anniversary in Mombasa set for tomorrow.

 

The ODM team had lined up 7 political engagements on the five-day tour, but that has now been scaled down to a half day affair, as Raila is expected to leave for Mombasa later in the afternoon.

 

He is expected to make several roadside addresses in the Coastal city, before being hosted for dinner by Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho.

 

Opposition leader Raila Odinga and his co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka

Opposition leader Raila Odinga and his co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka

 

Raila yesterday addressed residents of Malava constituency in the Western region, where he hit out at party leaders defecting to the Jubilee Party, saying they will not affect ODM or CORD momentum ahead of polls.

“The briefcase parties formed under Jubilee Party will not scare us. If a monkey jumps from one forest to another, it remains a monkey. Do not be fooled, Jubilee is still the same, with nothing new to offer,” Raila said.