Murathe speaks out over Jubilee party’s rebranding plan to shed off colours associated with DP Ruto

Tuesday, July 6th, 2021 09:16 |
Jubilee Party Vice-Chairman David Murathe.

Kenyans and the media should not read too much into regular meetings held by Jubilee Party leaders, Vice Chairman David Murathe said yesterday.

Murathe dismissed media reports that the National Management Committee met yesterday to plan rebranding of the party, saying it was a routine meeting of top officials.

“Blowing matters out of proportion is uncalled for,” Murathe told People Daily.

There have been media reports that the party intends to rebrand in preparation for next year’s elections.

When contacted, Secretary General Raphael Tuju acknowledged that there was a party meeting but downplayed claims it was meant to discuss a merger with ODM.

“It was a routine meeting by one of our party organs. We usually hold these kind of meetings on need basis,” Tuju said.

At a meeting attended by Murathe, Tuju and Deputy Secretary-General Joshua Kutuny on July 2, the leaders said the rebranding would be complete by September.

The party intends to change party colours and symbols associated with Deputy President William Ruto who has dissociated himself with the party.

Red, yellow, white and black are the colours of the two main parties under President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ruto that merged to form Jubilee Party in 2013.

“We are considering rebranding the party to have an independent identity now that URP is out,” Kutuny said.

The relationship between the President and his deputy deteriorated following a unity deal between Uhuru and Opposition leader Raila Odinga.

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