Khaniri ditches Ju­bilee, says it didn’t match hopes

Lu­gari MP says he could ditch JP when his term ends. Vi­higa Se­na­tor says, ‘We don’t move alone as lead­ers. The elec­torate take us where we be­long’

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - IMENDE BEN­JAMIN @Akhasakhulu

Vi­higa Se­na­tor Ge­orge Khaniri and Lu­gari MP Ayub Savula, whose UDF party dis­solved to join the Ju­bilee Party, are weigh­ing their op­tions af­ter their new­found home turned hos­tile.

The two said they will no­tify the Regis­trar of Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties of their in­ten­tion to quit JP.

The Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties Act re­quires MPs to no­tify the regis­trar within 30 days af­ter a merger of their in­ten­tion to be­come in­de­pen­dent can­di­dates or join other par­ties.

Politi­cians who have opted to be in­de­pen­dent can­di­dates say they do not want to be re­stricted by rules or to be in­tim­i­dated by party of­fi­cials.

Khaniri yes­ter­day said many politi­cians are dis­grun­tled.

“We have three op­tions - to stay in the new party, join another party or be­come in­de­pen­dent. I am not com­fort­able in the Ju­bilee Party since the merger was poorly man­aged with no agenda for Kenyans,” he said.

“I have no­ti­fied the regis­trar of po­lit­i­cal par­ties that I don’t want any­thing to do with the newly launched Ju­bilee Party. I don’t like how they con­duct their busi­ness as well as how they run the coun­try.”

Khaniri said Ju­bilee is not pop­u­lar at the grass­roots “be­cause of trib­al­ism and graft al­le­ga­tions”.

“This makes it hard to sell the party to vot­ers. Ju­bilee’s days of be­ing in power are num­bered due to poor ser­vice de­liv­ery,” he said.

“We don’t move alone as lead­ers. The elec­torate take us where we be­long and dic­tate what we do for them.”

Savula said he will com­plete his term then move to a dif­fer­ent out­fit.

“We have an agree­ment with Ju­bilee to work to­gether, but our vot­ers will de­cide where we are headed to. Mean­while, we are work­ing on an al­liance in Western from which we must form and con­trol the next gov­ern­ment,” he said.

The MP said Kenyans are bright, and they will an­a­lyse par­ties be­fore sup­port­ing them to en­sure their in­ter­ests are well served.

Khaniri and Savula’s state­ments come at a time when some of­fi­cials of the New Ford Peo­ple, PNU and Tip Tip par­ties said they did not want to merge.

Eleven par­ties merged to join the Ju­bilee Party on Septem­ber 9.

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