The Kanini Kega-led wing of the Jubilee Party has recently made a significant announcement, expressing its intention to withdraw from the Raila Odinga-led Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition.
The decision was communicated through an official statement released by Kanini Kega himself, highlighting the party's resolve to sever its ties with the coalition.
In the statement, Kanini Kega referred to the decision made during the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held on the 6th of June, 2023.
"TAKE NOTICE the National Executive Committee (NEC) of Jubilee Party meeting of 6th June, 2023 resolved to withdraw from the Deed of Agreement for Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition," stated Kega, emphasizing the party's stance.
Moreover, he cited the relevant sections of the party's constitution and the Azimio Deed of Agreement to justify their decision.
"Further TAKE NOTICE that pursuant to Article 33.1.1 & 2 of the Party Constitution as read together with Article 22.1. of the Deed of Agreement for Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition dated 12th March 2022, Jubilee Party hereby GIVES NOTICE to withdraw from the Deed of Agreement for Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition."
The Azimio Deed of Agreement, in Article 22, outlines the procedures for member parties wishing to withdraw from the coalition.
It stipulates that any party intending to withdraw must provide a minimum of 90 days' notice to the Coalition Council.
Therefore, Jubilee Party will have to wait for at least three months before ceasing to be a member of the Azimio coalition.
The decision made by Kega and his wing of the party denotes a significant shift in political alliances and sets the stage for a dynamic and transformative political landscape in Kenya.
The departure of the Jubilee Party, which was once the ruling party, raises questions about the future direction and stability of the coalition.
While the specific reasons for the Jubilee Party's withdrawal have not been disclosed in the official statement, political analysts speculate that it may be a result of ideological differences or strategic realignment within the party.
The Jubilee Party has been undergoing internal restructuring following the 2022 general elections, and this move may signal a shift in its political alliances with Kega's faction leaning towards Kenya Kwanza.
It remains to be seen how the withdrawal of Kega's Jubilee Party will unfold in the coming months.