Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju and Vice Chairperson David Murathe have told off Cherangany MP Joshua Kutuny over his remarks, claiming the ruling party’s highest decision organ had decided to rebrand the outfit. Tuju, who spoke to the media on Tuesday evening said the party’s last week did not discuss rebranding the party as such a decision would require broader consultations.
”We did not discuss as much the issue of rebranding the party. That requires more consultations and engagement within the people and it was a routine meeting by one of our party organs. We usually hold this kind of meetings on need basis,” SG Tuju said, remarks which were supported by David Murathe who said their meeting was one among many which come with running a political party.
On Friday last week, Kutuny, who is also the party’s Deputy Secretary-General presumed they intend to change the party’s current colours- red, yellow, black, and white, which were derived from Uhuru’s The National Alliance (TNA) and Ruto’s URP. Red was too conspicuous with TNA while yellow and black dominated URP.
”We are considering rebranding the party which will include changing the colours and slogan to have an independent identity now that the United Republican Party (URP) wing has moved out,” Kutuny, who is also the Cherangany MP said last week.
Apart from Murathe and Tuju, another member opposed to the rebranding is Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu.
According to the legislator, the ruling party is about unity and it was what the clasped hand in is logo signified and it would beat the logic of changing it. For party colors, the vocal legislator and supporter of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s agenda in Mt Kenya said they work for the ruling outfit and cannot be changed every time some party members leave.
”I hear our Jubilee Party SG has suggested we should change our party logo and colors, because some of our members have left. I do not agree. Our party is about unity – which is what the two clasped hands signify. The colors work for us. And really – a party logo and colors cannot be changed every time some members leave. (Or join), ” Mr.Wambugu said.