The Jubilee Party merger is an attempt by President Uhuru Kenyatta to kill democracy, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi said yesterday. He said Uhuru amended the constitution, which he swore to defend upon being elected, to secretly manipulate management of political parties and promote bad governance.
“For all practical purposes, the Jubilee Party formation is motivated and driven by nostalgia for the single-party system,” Mudavadi said. He said the country is experiencing high levels of corruption, tribalism and poor governance due to selfish interests that lead to the mutilation of the constitution.
Mudavadi said the 12 parties that have agreed to merge should be left to operate independently to widen the democratic space as well as promote pluralism. “It would appear the President is working to roll back on the Constitution of Kenya in Article 4(2), which is [categorical] that Kenya is a multiparty democracy state. Any deviation from this republican commitment of a multiparty state can only be aimed at reverting the country to single-party rule,” he said.
Mudavadi also questioned the Jubilee Party’s registration process and asked the President to explain by presenting its papers.