Tuju Speaks on Relationship With Ruto-Allied UDA

Senator Fatuma addressing a crowd in December 12, 2019
  • Jubilee Secretary general Raphael Tuju on Wednesday, January 13, spoke about the recently unveiled United Democracy Alliance (UDA) party.

    Speaking during a press conference at the Jubilee headquarters, Tuju explained that UDA had only changed names from Party of Development and Reforms (PDR), a party that he founded in 2012.

    “If you are confused, I am more confused because PDR was POA,” the Jubilee Secretary General stated.

    Tuju asked the Senate Deputy Majority Leader Fatuma Dullo, who was elected on the PDR ticket, to set the record straight.

    Isiolo Senator Fatuma Dullo Adan addressing a crowd on December 12, 2019

    “Members of parliament who were elected on a PDR ticket have seen change of name the way you have seen in media.

    “There have not been any consultations in terms of where sitting members are concerned, but more importantly PDR was a coalition partner with jubilee and that is why I was given a leadership position in senate,” Dullo stated, adding that PDR had not been deregistered

    “As far as I am concerned, I am still within my coalition partner which is jubilee,” she stated.

    Deputy President William Ruto’s affiliation with PDR dates back to 2017 when the party was hosted at DP’s previous private office in Nairobi CBD.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta had acknowledged the party during the 2017 campaigns.

    At the same time, Jubilee party indicated that no disciplinary action would be taken against Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata over BBI leaked letter.

    The senator had expressed fears that he might be demoted.

    Dullo stated that the party met with Kang’ata and a way forward would be communicated later.

    ”We shall not punish him, and he is still our Majority Whip. We had a meeting with him and we shall decide that when the time comes,” she stated.

    Murang'a County Senator Irungu Kang'ata pictured in the signature collection exercise on November 29, 2020.
    Murang’a County Senator Irungu Kang’ata pictured in the signature collection exercise on November 29, 2020.

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