It is Official,UDF leaves Jubilee, set to endorse Mudavadi
The United Democratic Forum (UDF) has formally parted ways with The National Alliance (TNA) and the United Republican Party (URP).
In a statement, UDF said it will sign “relevant papers” to end its coalition agreement with TNA and URP following a meeting of the party’s top organs.
“The United Democratic Forum (UDF) Party will this afternoon sign the relevant papers to formally terminate its coalition agreement with The National Alliance (TNA) and the United Republican Party (URP),” said the party’s communications director Mundia Muchiri Wednesday.
“The party’s NEC and the Political Council met in Nairobi this afternoon (Wednesday) and mandated its Chairman and Secretary General to sign the termination agreement,” he said.
UDF is now set to endorse Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi as its presidential candidate during its National Delegates Conference (NDC) on Friday.
On Monday, the three parties met with the Registrar of Political Parties after UDF accused TNA and URP of breaching the agreement by failing to involve it in the presidential nomination for the Jubilee Coalition.
The parties appeared before the Registrar Lucy Ndung’u on but failed to resolve the dispute after a two- hour meeting.
UDF’s secretary general Dan Ameyo later told the media that the parties to the dispute had “ventilated on the outstanding issues raised” and would continue on Wednesday.
“We have looked at the outstanding issues and we have scheduled another meeting on January 2 at 2pm,” he said.
Sources in the meeting who did not want to go on record because they committed themselves not to disclose the deliberations said that UDF insisted that TNA and URP drop the name “Jubilee Coalition” since it was its brainchild.
UDF also wants its estranged partners to issue a public apology for “wrongfully’ elbowing it out of the alliance.
But TNA and URP have reportedly insisted that they had already patented the Jubilee name and could therefore not drop it.