Lusaka party eyes sec­re­tary gen­eral in JP

‘I hope there will be equal­ity in the ap­point­ment of in­terim of­fi­cials’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - LEWIS NYAUNDI @X_nyaun­diH

The dis­solved New Ford Kenya is scram­bling for the sec­re­tary gen­eral’s of­fice in the newly formed Ju­bilee Party.

Bun­goma Gover­nor Ken­neth Lusaka, who was NFK leader, said the party should get the in­flu­en­tial po­si­tion.

He spoke at St Peter’s ACK on Maraba es­tate, Kakamega county. Lusaka said the party is best placed to push the Ju­bilee agenda in Western.

The gover­nor said NFK is push­ing to get a se­nior po­si­tion in JP to help it gain po­lit­i­cal clout and com­mand Western pol­i­tics.

“Join­ing JP was not mo­ti­vated by the de­sire for po­si­tions or supremacy, but it would be paramount to give every af­fil­i­ate party a slot,” Lusaka said.

“I hope there will be equal­ity and fair­ness in the ap­point­ment of in­terim of­fi­cials be­fore party elec­tions are held.”

JP was launched after 11 par­ties folded to form the new ve­hi­cle for Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta’s re­elec­tion bid.

The new party has no sub­stan­tive of­fi­cials and is run by the in­terim com­mit­tee that spear­headed the merger. No names have so far been con­firmed in any po­si­tion as lead­ers con­tinue to jos­tle for ap­point­ments in the new party.

The in­terim party con­sti­tu­tion pro­vides for 21 top posts, in­clud­ing party leader and deputy party leader re­served for Uhuru and Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto.

Be­fore its of­fi­cial dis­so­lu­tion, NFK had threat­ened to re­verse its de­ci­sion to join JP if it was over­looked in the ap­point­ments.

Other par­ties that folded up to join JP and are jostling for the top po­si­tions in­clude TNA, URP, APK, FordPeo­ple and DP.

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