The Jubilee Party is planning a series of meetings in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Central Kenya backyard as it moves to redeem itself after months of an internal implosion.
The party secretariat has scheduled grassroots meetings in Kiambu, Murang’a, Nyeri, and Kirinyaga in the next two weeks to revamp Jubilee.
The meetings are part of a scheme by the President’s men to reinvigorate the wobbling outfit that has been rocked by vicious infighting and blame game over its performance.
It has also emerged that the President has given the party secretariat the nod to roll out an aggressive campaign across his backyard to rescue its image ahead of the 2022 polls.
Mt Kenya MPs allied to the President will lead the offensive to resuscitate the outfit, with the secretariat expected to play a facilitative role.
“We have agreed that we start the process to revamp the party with politicians taking a central role in the process at the grassroots,” Jubilee deputy secretary-general Joshua Kutuny said.
The Cherangany MP revealed a meeting held last Friday at a Nairobi hotel mapped areas where the focus would be in the first phase of the revamped programme.
“The leaders from the region will arrange focus group meetings to explain the Jubilee agenda and enlighten party members on the roadmap towards the 2022 polls,” he said.
Governors from the counties will also be roped in to be part of the campaign as Uhuru’s men seek tame DP William Ruto’s UDA.
The outfit has become a thorn in the President’s flesh, complicating Jubilee’s chances of remaining formidable as the country hurtles to the polls.
This campaign comes at a time when some of the President’s allies from the region are said to be mulling ditching the ruling party for another outfit if the wrangles roiling it are not solved.
The meetings, which will take the format of town hall sessions and village barazas, will also offer the platform for the leaders to engage citizens on Jubilee’s performance to counter the DP’s narrative.
Some politicians, including Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru, have called for the party to step up activation activities across Mt Kenya, failure to which they have argued they would bolt out.
On Saturday, Waiguru, who was part of a team that met in Meru to plan the Uhuru succession, reiterated the Mt Kenya region must settle on its own political vehicle “whether it is an invigorated Jubilee or another party.”
Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu said the party will roll out an extensive grassroots campaign to steady the boat ahead of next year’s polls.
“We know where we are and we know what we can do to get to where we want to be,” Ngunjiri said about an evaluation done by the Jubilee top management organs.
The MP said the Kiambaa and Muguga by-elections, in which Jubilee lost to Ruto’s UDA outfit in the former, were eye-openers that would now help the party to focus on areas of weaknesses.
“We were able to see the gaps that exist between the ruling party and its membership and the general public. With that information we now know where we are,” he said.
Last Friday, a section of Jubilee MPs met at the Windsor Hotel and engaged in what some of them termed as a candidate conversation on the party’s dwindling fortunes and mapping its future.
It was during the meeting, which was also attended by a couple of MCAs, that the leaders agreed on the need for a quick political intervention to steady the outfit as a formidable vehicle in the 2022 polls.