Jubilee party leader Sabina Chege has provided insights into the party’s decision to elect a new leader while former President Uhuru Kenyatta still officially held the position.
In an interview with TV47 on Friday, Sabina shed light on the circumstances that led to this significant shift within the party. She explained that members of the party felt abandoned by Uhuru when they needed his guidance and leadership the most.
“He was not picking up calls, not talking, not telling us what he was thinking. So we felt like we were orphans. We had to look for a way of having our own stand because, without that, Jubilee was dying,” Sabina expressed.
She clarified that the ongoing leadership disputes within the party were an effort to rejuvenate Jubilee. Nevertheless, she emphasized that despite these internal disagreements, Uhuru Kenyatta was no longer the party leader.
“While it might appear that we are engaged in a struggle, we are actually working to revive Jubilee, and we hold Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta in high regard. He initiated the Jubilee party, but he can no longer hold a political party position as per the constitution,” Sabina stated.
She continued to explain that the National Executive Committee (NEC) members had elected her as the party leader, a position she humbly accepted. Sabina highlighted that this decision was not self-appointed but a collective choice made by the majority of NEC members who believed she could help revitalize the Jubilee Party.
“I’m not even the one who appointed myself. I was in a meeting with the NEC members. Can you imagine out of 28 NEC members, 24 of them met and said we want Sabina to be an acting Jubilee party leader,” she remarked.
“For me, I took it with a lot of humility. Not to humiliate anyone but I would want to make sure that the position I have been given, we can be able to grow the Jubilee party.”
Sabina Chege had previously asserted in May that Uhuru was legally removed from his position as the party leader due to his active involvement in politics, which deviated from providing guidance to the party leaders in office.