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Kenya: Jubilee Takes First Step to Coalition With ODM

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee has taken the first step within party structures in its bid to forge a coalition with Mr Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).

Jubilee officials yesterday tabled proposals for the coalition with ODM before the party’s National Management Committee (NMC) for ratification.

Deputy Secretary General Joshua Kuttuny, who attended yesterday’s NMC meeting at the party’s headquarters in Nairobi, told Nation a wide range of issues were discussed, including coalitions with like-minded parties.

“[We discussed] a broad-based alliance. We want to engage with the many parties,” he said, adding: “Wiper has shown interest, ANC [Amani National Congress]and ODM are all are on board.”

He said the NMC will decide and “a communication will be made in due course.” He said the meeting also deliberated on the July 15 Kiambaa by-election and plans of revamping the party.

Separately, Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru has said Jubilee needs to address the challenges facing the party in the face of its dwindling fortunes especially in Mt Kenya region.

Strengthen the party

“We must strengthen the party from within,” Ms Waiguru said after she appeared before a committee of the Senate yesterday.

She said the main problem in the party is bureaucrats who rule by fiat, adding that this has led to disillusionment forcing politicians to seek solace elsewhere.