Ju­bilee needs to ar­tic­u­late poli­cies

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

The new Ju­bilee Party was launched over the week­end promis­ing a new era of unity in Kenya. It is true that 11 par­ties have col­lapsed them­selves into Ju­bilee, which is now the largest po­lit­i­cal group­ing with rep­re­sen­ta­tion from most parts of the coun­try.

But that is not enough to build a long-last­ing party, es­pe­cially when the nom­i­na­tion process has proved in­her­ently di­vi­sive for all par­ties in Kenya.

Nor can Kenya be a sin­gle-party state. Unity can­not go that far. So Ju­bilee will have to com­pete for po­lit­i­cal power in fu­ture.

And in the end, if Ju­bilee is to stand the test of time, it will have to com­pete on poli­cies. Ju­bilee needs to spell out its poli­cies on tax­a­tion, pri­vati­sa­tion, agri­cul­ture, health, etc.

It is not enough to just prom­ise good­ies such as roads, hos­pi­tals or lap­tops. That will not cut across eth­nic bound­aries in the long-term.

So far both Cord and Ju­bilee have been more con­cerned with eth­nic arith­metic than poli­cies. And there­fore both re­main in­her­ently frag­ile.

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