Blow to Cord as senator switches allegiance to Jubilee

Blow to Cord as senator switches allegiance to Jubilee

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Turkana senator John Munyes at a past event. He has ditched Cord for Jubilee. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: Coalition for Reform and Democracy CORD has been dealt a blow again after Turkana Senator John Munyes on Thursday became the latest leader to ditch the opposition for the ruling side Jubilee, ahead of the Saturday’s merger launch.

Munyes who clinched the seat on Ford Kenya ticket, one of the parties affiliated to Cord, made the announcement on Thursday as he joined other leaders from Jubilee in gearing up for the formation of a single party.

Along with the former Minister for Labor were other CORD legislators who had already switched allegiance: Sirisia MP John Waluke, Nominated MP Isaac Mwaura and Mathare MP Stephen Kariuki.

The senator’s move comes barely a week after Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya announced his defection from Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) to Jubilee in the presence of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Mvurya joined the long list of Coast politicians who have ditched the opposition for Jubilee among them; Kwale Women representative Zainab Chidzuga, MPs Gideon Mungaro (Kilifi North), Salim Idd Mustafa (Kilifi South), Masoud Mwahima (Likoni) and Khatib Mwashetani (Lunga Lunga).

ODM is set to mark its 10-year celebrations in Mombasa this Saturday the same day parties affiliated to Jubilee will be merged to form Jubilee Party.