The newly formed Jubilee Party convened its very first National Governing Council (NGC) meeting on Friday November 4, 2016, at the Bomas of Kenya.
The party was formed on September 10 at the Kasarani stadium after a number of other parties agreed to fold up to become one.
The NGC came amid growing concerns among delegates over the party’s unwillingness to draw a way forward, among them naming party officials who will run its affairs.
Days after its launch, the JP has already seen a number of its members exchange bitterly, with some resorting to physical confrontations just to show who is more ‘loyal’ than the other.
It is prudent to argue that the NGC was convened purposely to cool down the growing concerns among its members and delegates, especially those who dissolved their parties to form the JP.
These members are also looking forward to getting slots in the JP, something that some believe will give them direct tickets ahead of the 2017 election.
However, Uhuru and his deputy, Ruto, who were confirmed as the party leader and his deputy respectively, cleverly crafted a move that will ensure the members do not abandon them before 2017 election.
The two failed to name party officials and instead chose to push the naming until after the August 2017 election.
They announced that the nomination of the officials will be done three months after the election.
Analysts argue that this was a move made to ensure that members who may miss out on the slots do not decamp and support someone else in 2017.
It ensures that dissenting members stay put with the hope that they will a slot in the management of the party.
It was also feared that should the nomination of party officials be done before 2017, there was a likelihood of great disquiet within Jubilee, something that would give its closest rivals, CORD, ground to launch an attack on them.
Uhuru is seeking re-election in 2017 under the Jubilee ticket. He is likely to face off with his closet rival Raila Odinga.