President Uhuru Kenyatta will lead the Jubilee Party National Delegates Conference at the Kasarani Gymnasium the first week of December, after abruptly calling off the event which was slated for November 30th.
A source who confided to this publication says the ruling party’s Pangani Headquarters have settled on Friday, December 3rd, a day after Parliament goes on recess, to hold the much-awaited convention.
”The president is back in the country for the State of the Nation address, which made the NDC be pushed forward to the first week of December. The first Friday of the week has been forwarded to the president’s handlers,” the source said.
The party’s Secretary-General Raphael Tuju last week in a statement said the NDC was moved due to the party leader, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s tight schedule since it fell on the day he is set to issue the State of the Nation Address in a joint sitting of the National Assembly and Senate.
“The President, who is also the Jubilee Party Leader will deliver the constitutionally binding annual State of the Nation address on 30th November, the same day when the Jubilee NDC is scheduled. The NDC is an important event for the Party and as such a new date and venue will be communicated later,” he said in a statement Monday.
“We sincerely regret the inconvenience caused by the postponement and urge our Party members to continue with other Party activities as we wait for the new date.”
Among other things, the NDC had been called to adopt changes within the party, in particular expelling members who are deemed to have been disloyal to the party led by Deputy President William Ruto as well as officially signing a 2022 election pact with Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).