BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,17TH AUG,2021-The Jubilee Party’s top decision-making organs have given the party’s secretariat the go-ahead to ink a coalition deal with ODM ahead of the 2022 polls.
The ruling party and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s ODM have been in talks on the possibility of jointly backing one presidential candidate in the next year’s polls.
On Tuesday, a joint sitting of the Jubilee’s National Management Council (NMC) and Parliamentary leadership granted formal permission to the Secretariat to hammer pre-election coalition agreement with the opposition outfit.
“Following various high-level consultations within the Jubilee Party that culminated in a joint NMC and Parliamentary leadership meeting this morning, the NMC granted permission to the Party Secretariat to formally engage with ODM Party in drawing a framework agreement on a pre-election coalition agreement,” Tuju said in a statement.
“With this decision, the Jubilee Party will be formally writing to its coalition partner Kanu as is required by our coalition agreement and the etiquette about this development and to seek their constructive engagement on the same.”
Tuju also noted that they will be writing to Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper Party – with whom Jubilee has a co-operation agreement – about the new development.
The early Tuesday morning meeting also resolved to reach out to both ANC and Ford Kenya for engagements aimed at having an all-inclusive political formation as the country goes to the polls.
Tuju said the NMC/PG resolution is informed by the already good collaboration between the two parties in Parliament on matters of national interest.
“The two Party leaders, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga have also cultivated a working relationship for the good of the country in an act of statesmanship that has won praise internationally,” he said.