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Tuesday, 12 Jul 2016 18:18 EATswaithera@kenyafreepress.com
New Ford-Kenya, a party founded in the months just before the 2007 general elections, has decided to dissolve. In a statement after chairing the meeting, party leader Ken Lusaka, who is also the governor for Bungoma County, said the party's national delegates conference will meet in a fortnight to endorse the decision, paving way for the launch of Jubilee Party in August 2016.
The move came a day after rebel Orange Democratic Movement legislators Ababu Namwamba and John Waluke held talks with Lusaka, who said the decision to merge with the ruling coalition was due to New Ford-Kenya's analysis of the political mood in the country.
The party, which was previously headed by Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa before he resigned following his appointment to the Cabinet, is among 12 political parties which make up the Jubilee Coalition.
The development comes days after President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law the Political Parties (Amendment) Act 2016, which ensures that affiliate parties can merge to form a bigger one without their members losing their elective posts. The law previously stated that when a political party merges with another, a member of the political party that has merged who is a Member of Parliament, or of a County Assembly, a Governor or Deputy Governor, shall be deemed to have joined the merged political party.
The Jubilee Party merger steering committee co-chairman Noah Wekesa said that preparations for the launch were complete and the launch will be any time from now depending on the President’s diary.
Lusaka said the proposal would be sent to the party’s national governing council for approval. But Mr Wekesa said New Ford-Kenya had to move fast to ratify the dissolution since the launch of the new party would not be put on hold to wait for other political parties to join.
Waithera is a staff writer at the Kenya Free Press.