President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party is set to hold its National Delegates Congress on November 30, a significant meeting for the party whose future has been in doubt since the fallout of its principals.
Orange Democratic Movement boss Raila Odinga will be joined by Kalonzo Musyoka and Gideon Moi from the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) have confirmed their attendance as special guests. Musalia Mudavadi is holding out on confirming his attendance, the same stance he is reported to have taken on suggestions that OKA heed the calls to support Mr Odinga.
The party’s Deputy Leader is Deputy President William Ruto and it would be a surprise if he attended given his recent statements that the vehicle he helped create long lost its bearings and is on its death bed.
For party officials who have watched a good number of elected representatives troop to the United Democratic Alliance, the congress is important because it is seen as marking the beginning of its revival.
On the agenda, going by documents supposed to have been leaked, is the creation of three new Deputy Leader posts, which would effectively mean that Deputy President William Ruto is ejected.
President Kenyatta is likely to remain the Party Leader but party officials will be keener on what he says about its future and the future of the country as he has started his last year in office.
While he has not endorsed Mr Odinga directly, the support for Mr Odinga by members of his administration suggest he would like to leave him in charge.
Mr Odinga has also made progress, according to opinion polls, with one published by TIFA on Friday showing that his popularity has increased by 15 per cent, from 8 per cent to 23 per cent, since June. William Ruto maintains a lead at 38 per cent, having dropped one percentage point since the last poll in June.
From the poll, the real work remains in convincing the undecided, who are nearly a quarter of the voters at 23 per cent. Consolidation of the votes held by the rest would also help either candidate quite significantly. Consolidation is still a possibility, going by their low numbers, but the challenge for the OKA team would be how they ensure they get a seat at the table at the end of the day.
The National Delegates Congress is important because it is likely to give the rest of the candidates an idea of what the rest of Jubilee thinks, and the direction President Kenyatta will likely take.
Still, he could use the opportunity to show how much work his administration has done over the past nine years and then pose the question: in whose hands would the country and its citizens be safe?