There are plans to hand over the Jubilee Party to Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua in the coming days, a UDA member of parliament has revealed.
The party is currently in the hands of former President Uhuru Kenyatta, who founded it in the run up to the 2017 general election and won through it.
But a fight has been going on within the party, as allies of President William Ruto try to take it over from Uhuru and officials allied to him.
The MP has revealed that if they succeed in taking it away, they will hand it to Gachagua in readiness for his 2032 presidential candidacy.
He says that the plan is to prevent a repeat of 2022 scenario where Ruto hurriedly registered a new party after being chased away from the Jubilee.“Given the political history of our country on the relationship between the President and his Deputy, we need to be calculative and that is why we want a party that we can enter into a coalition with Ruto in 2027 with Gachagua as a party leader,” the parliamentarian has told The Standard.
He has said that according to their calculations, taking Jubilee from Uhuru will completely vanquish him, preventing him from coming back to trouble Gachagua in the coming days.
Political analyst Gitile Naituli has on his side warned that Gachagua will be the biggest loser in the event Uhuru manages to keep the party.
“This will mean that Gachagua will be relegated to fight for his political say in Mt Kenya region as he wrestles with Uhuru at a time when he is supposed to be making friends outside Mt Kenya region for future political ambitions like his boss did when he was the Deputy President,” he has told the paper.