Former presidential candidate, Peter Kenneth resigns from Kenya National Congress Party amid rumours of a possible move to the Jubilee Party.
The former Gatanga MP wrote to the Registrar of Political Parties, Ms. Lucy Ndung’u, on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, saying that he, Peter Kenneth resigns from KNC.
“Be informed that effective the date of this letter, I have resigned from membership of KNC. Please strike my name from the register of members with immediate effect,” the letter partly read.
Mr. Kenneth is expected to join the Jubilee Party to launch a campaign for the hotly contested Nairobi governor’s seat although Muranga and Nakuru are also likely choices.
Mr. Kenneth, who came forth in the 2013 presidential elections, had previously hoped to run again but shelved his plans to back the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Jubilee Party members welcomed Mr. Kenneth into the party with a number of them including Kieni MP Kanini Kega and Water CS Eugene Wamalwa urging him to dissolve KNC as a sign of good faith.
In his response to the demands, Mr. Kenneth said;
“I have no party to fold, I do not own any party. I am just a member and I have submitted my resignation to the Registrar of Political Parties, after which I will be joining JP as a member.”
On Thursday, the Registrar of Political Parties confirmed receiving Mr Kenneth’s letter saying;
“The letter is very clear and straight forward. We normally have seven days to consider the notice and we have effected it.”
Mr. Kenneth now faces a new challenge within his proposed new party. Fellow Jubilee Party governorship hopefuls including Senator Mike Sonko, MPs Dennis Waweru and Johnson Sakaja and former Starehe MP, Margaret Wanjiru have agreed to block Mr. Kenneth from contesting for the seat.