President Uhuru Kenyatta has embraced New Ford Kenya party into his coalition, lauding its leaders for taking the right decision.
The party chairman Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka and other members had a meeting with Uhuru at State House in Nairobi on Wednesday.
Ex-Cabinet ministers Musikari Kombo and Fred Gumo, Water CS Eugene Wamalwa, former Bumula MP Bifwoli Wakoli MPs Reginalda Wanyonyi, Boniface Okhiya Otsiula, Daniel Sitati Wanyama, Janet Nangabo, Kennedy Wamang’oli and David were also among those present at the meeting.
Addressing those in attendance, Uhuru said the members’ bold step will encourage other political parties with similar intentions.
“I assure you we will also merge our parties. The issues of the law which had delayed us have now been resolved. We don’t want to kill the opposition. All we want is for our politics to be on issues that are not tribal.
We have no interest finishing the opposition. We challenge our colleagues in the opposition to also set up a national party so that we can compete on policies and not on tribal grounds”.
He said that coalitions that have the nation in mind will let the public select one with better programmes and agenda.
The President asked New Ford Kenya to learn about Jubilee’s agenda so as to be familiar with the government’s activities.
“The Jubilee agenda is their agenda and they should be able to discuss it with their supporters and answer any questions which may be asked,” said Uhuru.
Expressing the party’s gratitude for Jubilee’s big welcome, Lusaka said they had to merge in order to move both Kenyans and the country forward.
Gumo praised New Ford Kenya’s leadership saying politics involves making bold decisions.
“It is always good and beneficial to take the first step in politics. Those who take things for granted live to regret,” said Gumo.
Kombo, chairman of the Water Services Trust Fund, said the party has led the way for others to follow.
“We look forward to seeing other parties take the merger decision,” he said.
Bifwoli thanked the President for appointing him chairman of the Agriculture Development Cooperation and said he supported the party’s move