Sabina Chege, Kanini Kega out as Uhuru hosts Jubilee NDC
In a bid to re-establish party discipline and strengthen its ranks, the Jubilee Party has expelled several party rebels, including nominated MP Sabina Chege, Eala legislator Kanini Kega and Nelson Dzuya.
Former MPs Jimi Angwenyi, Naomi Shaban, Joshua Kutuny, Mutava Musyimi, and Rachel Nyamai also faced expulsion during the party’s National Delegates Conference on Monday.
These were among the major changes that were made in the former ruling party as former President Uhuru Kenyatta hosted the NDC at the Ngong Race Course in Nairobi.
Mr Kenyatta was accompanied by party officials including Jeremiah Kioni (secretary-general) and David Murathe (vice chairman).
Party leaders expressed their concerns over them and accused the members of being behind internal divisions and hindering the party's ability to effectively pursue its goals.
To fill the leadership vacuum created by the expulsions, Jubilee announced several changes within its ranks.
Former Permanent Secretary Saitoti Torome was appointed the new National Chairman, replacing Mr Dzuya.
Yasin Noor, a respected party member, was named the deputy secretary-general replacing Mr Kutuny.
In a move aimed at bolstering the party's electoral strategy, Jamleck Kamau was appointed the national director of elections taking over from Mr Kega. Mr Kamau's experience in grassroots organisation and political strategy is expected to enhance the party's effectiveness in upcoming elections.
Jubilee also appointed blogger Pauline Njoroge as its new deputy organizing secretary.
Rights activist Maison Leshoomo was named the Women’s League national Cchair, emphasising the party's commitment to gender equality and inclusivity.
Amid wrangles over the party’s leadership, a purge of rebels was expected at the meeting that stirred controversy over the past few weeks.
The NDC gave the former President an opportunity to stamp his authority in the party amid an onslaught by Ms Chege and a faction led by Mr Kega.
The duo teamed up with a section of Jubilee-elected legislators to kick Mr Kenyatta off party leadership alongside Mr Kioni, Mr Murathe and National Treasurer Kagwe Gichohi.
The rebels had named Ms Chege as the new party leader replacing Mr Kenyatta and Mr Kega as the new secretary-general replacing Mr Kioni.
But Mr Kioni, who is allied to the former President, said they remained the party’s bonafide officials.