Confusion as Munya’s ‘new’ party dissolves to join Jubilee

Confusion as Munya’s ‘new’ party dissolves to join Jubilee

The political future of Meru Governor Peter Munya is in limbo after the Party of National Unity (PNU), which he had decamped to last month, made a turnabout and agreed to dissolve and join the newly-formed Jubilee Party.

Munya had expressed interest in defending his governorship position on a PNU ticket after defecting from Alliance Party of Kenya (APK) chaired by his rival, Kiraitu Murungi.

The party had also vowed to support Munya’s political ambitions in 2017 and endorse him for the presidential race in 2022, with the party’s Secretary General, John Okwemwa, terming reports of dissolving the party as outlandish.

Okwemwa had been quoted rubbishing reports that PNU would wind up and support Jubilee saying that they were orchestrated by political leaders who are out to create disharmony and divisions within the party.

“It is not arguable that PNU is the party that brought us the new Constitution despite several fruitless attempts. Those who think the party is dead are daydreaming,” he had been quoted as saying.

“Governor Munya’s re-election ticket is safe with me and in 2022 we will endorse him for the presidential seat.”

And in a show of unity, Munya expressed willingness to strengthen PNU and ensure stability and longevity in its existence.

“We want to create a culture of building our political parties into strong institutions other than killing them. After service we hand them down to the younger generation,” Munya had stated on a post on PNU’s official Facebook page.

Munya had stated that he is prepared to continue with development projects initiated by former President Mwai Kibaki, accusing Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi of orchestrating schemes to frustrate his push for the presidency in 2022.

But the announcement by Deputy President William Ruto, during the announcement of official formation of Jubilee Party, that PNU had agreed to dissolve and join Jubilee, may signalled a shift in the matter.

Notably, however, only PNU chair John Kamama was present at the State House briefing with the Secretary General who has been on the forefront in expressing the party’s support for Munya, giving the event a weird berth.

Other parties that have vowed to dissolve and form Jubilee party are APK, United Republican Party (URP), The National Alliance (TNA), Tip Tip, United Democratic Forum (UDF), Republican Congress Party, New Ford Kenya and Ford People.