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Tuesday, 21 Mar 2017 20:02 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Former cabinet Minister Raphael Tuju is now the new Secretary General of Jubilee Party as president Kenyatta tries to woo support from opposition chief Raila Odinga’s backyard. President Kenyatta today chaired the party’s National Executive Council at state house Nairobi and announced the appointment of Tuju to the position after serving as Head of Jubilee Party Secretariat for close to three months. Tuju takes over from Veronica Maina who was the acting Secretary General of Jubilee Party.
“I want to thank Veronica who navigated the stormy water of bringing parties together. It was not easy, and we appreciate the effort you put,” President Kenyatta said. The President assured Tuju of his support noting that his appointment is a true commitment of Jubilee to Unite Kenyans, adding that he would ensure the party leadership is inclusive and reflects the face of Kenya.
Other changes made during the State House meeting saw newly named chairman of the National Elections Board, lawyer Lumatete Muchai, moved to chair the party’s disciplinary committee. Lawyer Andrew Musangi has been named the new head of the elections board. Law Society of Kenya (LSK) Vice President Faith Waigwa has been named as the chairman of the party’s Appeals Tribunal. The changes come at a time the party is preparing to handle crucial nominations next month.
The Jubilee Party was formed last year after President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto dissolved TNA and URP and formed Jubilee Party which they will use to seek for re-election in the August polls. Tuju also served as Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Minister from end of 2005 to end of 2007, before then he was a member of parliament (MP) for Rarieda Constituency from 2002 to 2007.