Jubilee crisis deepens as Nyeri rally is called off


The fate of Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi in Jubilee alliance will be known this weekend as the coalition lines up various activities to precede its much anticipated presidential nominations.

The circus that has been witnessed recently in the coalition intensified further after Jubilee sent conflicting statements on their weekend diary with an earlier one indicating that they were to be in Dedan Kimathi stadium, Nyeri Friday before heading to the historical Tononoka grounds in Mombasa Saturday for political rallies.

“Kindly be informed of the following Jubilee Coalition rallies in Nyeri and Mombasa tomorrow and Saturday respectively, both of which will be addressed by the Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and other coalition partners,”  an invite sent to newsrooms by Uhuru’s spokesman Munyori Buku read.

However, moments later, a text message sent to Jubilee allied MPs from the joint secretariat announced the cancelation of the Nyeri rally without giving reasons.

The Nyeri rally was initiated by UDF but TNA drafted a text message announcing its cancelation which they attributed to the joint secretariat.

“Mheshimiwa, please note that the Jubilee Coalition rally scheduled for tomorrow 21st December 2012, at Dedan Kimathi Stadium in Nyeri has been postponed until further notice. We do seek your indulgence,” J. Sakaja, F. Kaparo, H.A Osman and Kiema Kilonzo.

TNA secretariat had also indicated that the Jubilee National Delegates Conference (NDC) slated for Sunday to nominate presidential candidate will take place but UDF once again denied knowledge of such a meeting.  UDF was waiting for a meeting that was to be held last night before deciding on their continued stay in jubilee.

Last evening, nominated MP George Nyamweya confirmed that the UDF party was the one organising the Nyeri rally and wondered why it was cancelled without their knowledge.

“Clearly you can see the text does not come from us and you need to ask those who have cancelled it why they did so as UDF NEC and secretariat were ready for the rally,” Nyamweya said.

An ally of Musalia hinted that following the on-going circus, their camp will make a decision on whether to attend the joint rally at Tononoka Saturday.

“Our participation in Mombasa rally will depend on the outcome of discussion the three principals will have this evening,” an aide to Musalia said.

The DPM, Uhuru Kenyatta and Eldoret North MP William Ruto were due to meet last evening at undisclosed place. Sources said the three will meet separately to try and mend their souring relationships before inviting their allies to join them.


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