June 14 Newspaper Review: Uhuru Not Keen To Save Jubilee Kenya News
The Monday June 14 dailies looked at the politics of the ruling Jubilee Party.
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The newspapers also looked at the current political unrest in the Mount Kenya region ahead of the 2022 elections.
1. The standard
The daily reported the downward spiral seen in the jubilee celebration less than five years after its launch.
The ruling party was born in September 2016 from a merger that resulted in the dissolution of eleven political parties.
After winning the 2017 presidential election and his second term, President Uhuru Kenyatta remained silent on party events, leading some members to take refuge in other outfits.
Party structures would be dead, without formal elections four years after its launch,
The members of the secretariat are interim.
Last week, party vice president David Murathe revealed he was no longer interested in the job, saying his mission was accomplished.
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Murathe said his mission was to see the expulsion of rebel members who joined the United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
The UDA is associated with Vice President William Ruto and is being popularized as the outfit that will house Ruto’s presidential candidacy in future polls.
Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru also admitted the group is in the woods and there is still a long way to go to save them.
Over the past weekend, party delegates to Mount Kenya gathered to deliberate on its future. The Kiambaa mini-poll will be the litmus test.
With Uhuru’s imminent retirement, the affairs of the Jubilee Party are no longer his priority.
2. Nation on a daily basis
Daily Nation has looked into the division of Uhuru’s cabinet, whose members appear loyal to the vice president, who disagrees with his boss.
The daily reported that cabinet members are just buying time before campaigning for Ruto in the 2022 general election.
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Ruto reportedly had a few meetings with cabinet secretaries and other state officials to plan his candidacy in 2022.
Due to fear of harassment by Uhuru insiders, Ruto’s meetings with the SCs were kept secret and low-key.
The vice president also admitted the existence of these meetings, which he says are aimed at planning his economic project after he manages to win the first seat.
“I met 17 governors and other high level Kenyans to discuss future policy with them … But due to the nature of the Kenyan police today, if you are seen with William Ruto the next morning , the Criminal Investigations Directorate (DCI) be on your case, many of them prefer that we have these discussions in private, ”Ruto said in April.
The cabinet secretaries would confide in Ruto on Uhuru’s supposed movements.
Daily Nation also looked at political unrest in the Mount Kenya region.
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A rift is growing between those on the west side of the mountain and their counterparts on the east.
Eastern communities seem to come together to challenge Western domination of the region.
On Sunday June 14, a section of Meru leaders pledged to present their presidential candidate next year.
Since his installation as spokesperson for Mount Kenya, Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi has also faced opposition from politicians from the west.
Muturi is from Embu, Mount Kenya East.
3. Taifa Lion
According to the publication, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi has ruled out the possibility of reviving the National Super Alliance (NASA) ahead of the next general election.
It was after ODM chief Raila Odinga revealed he could work with Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka in a similar lineup in 2017.
In 2017, Raila stole the ticket from NASA as Kalonzo’s alternate, other leaders namely Mudavadi, Moses Wetanfgula and Isaac Rutto, considering additional positions the coalition would come up with once it lands in government. .
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Speaking in Mombasa on Sunday, June 13, Mudavdi said Raila had not honored previous agreements and therefore (Mudavadi) would not form any coalition with the former prime minister for the purposes of 2022.
4. The star
The daily reported on the impending split of Mount Kenya, Kenya’s alleged political power.
As politicians in the east clash with those in the west, The Star projects a scenario in which other communities across the country will fly in the top positions of government.
ODM’s vice-president and Raila Odinga could use the split to advance their respective agendas and later win the presidency.
Those in the east have said they want to take the top seat and will not support their counterparts who have ruled the mountain for years.
“The contempt you show us, my friends, we are not going to be together. If this is a split, let’s go our separate ways and people go it alone,” said Senator de Meru, Mithika Linturi.
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