The much anticipated Jubilee National Delegates Convention that was to be held on November 30 was called off.
According to some members of Jubilee the convention was called off since president Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to give the state of the nation address to parliament on the same day.
Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu said that the decision was taken to avoid mixing political matters with state matters.
“This will ensure that whatever decisions are taken at the NDC don’t affect the smooth running of Bunge during these last days as there are crucial matters being dealt with in this session,” Ngunjiri said.
“It was decided that trying to do both the State of the Nation and the NDC on the same day would end up mixing state and political matters when it could be avoided,” he added.
He further revealed that the convention will take place immediately the parliament breaks on recess. The parliament is expected to proceed on a long holiday on December 2.
“The NDC will therefore be done immediately the Bunge breaks for recess,” Wambugu said on social media.
The postponement has however caused anxiety among members of the ruling party
“The postponement of the meeting, of course, increases that anxiety. Those who want to run through the Jubilee Party also become anxious about how they go about their campaigns,” Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni said.
It was expected that President Uhuru Kenyatta would kick Deputy President William Ruto and his allies from Jubilee and also make his succession plan clear during the NDC.
A document that was recently leaked proposed three candidates suitable to replace DP Ruto. The document mentioned Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui, Eldas MP Adan Keynan and Samburu Woman Representative Maison Leshomo as suitable candidates to replace DP Ruto.
Jubilee’s secretary general Raphael Tuju will be replaced with former Nyeri Woman Representative Pricilla Nyokabi according to the undated document
The party however claimed that the leaked document was fake and had nothing to do with the party.
Critics have however claimed that the move to postpone the convention shows that president Kenyatta has not made a decision on whether to kick DP out or not.