Big Blow For Jubilee Party As Former Gubernatorial Aspirant Leaves

Kenya’s ruling party Jubilee’s popularity is decimating as leaders continue to decamp to other outfits with twelve months remaining to the next general elections.

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s led party has lost former Mombasa gubernatorial aspirant Suleiman Shahbal who have joined the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).

Mr Shahbal expressed his gratitude to Jubilee in a letter addressed to the party’s secretary-general Raphael Tuju.

Jubilee Party
Jubilee Party

“In exercise of my Constitution and legal rights to belong to a political party of my choice and guided by the law through Section 14 of the Political Parties Acts, 2011, I wish to resign as a member of Jubilee Party,” the letter reads.

On June 13, Mr Shahbal announced he would rejoin ODM after quitting in 2013.

“I was in ODM in 2013 then left after competing with Joho in the nominations and lost to him. I went to another party [Jubilee] but I am back home,” he said.

He wants to be the next Mombasa governor when the incumbent Hassan Joho retires in 2022.

He will battle it out with MP Abdulswamad Nassir and Senator Mohamed Faki, also members of the orange party.

Jubilee recently lost woman representative Gathoni Wamuchomba to the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) led by Deputy President William Ruto.

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