A leadership take-over of retired President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party seems to have been effected after the Registrar of Political Parties ratified changes made by the party’s National Executive Committee.
Registrar Anne Nderitu confirmed the changes made — which saw the party Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni, Vice-Chairman David Murathe and Treasurer Kagwe Gachoki removed from their positions — were procedural.
“The office has taken note of the contents of your submissions and the resolutions and acknowledges that the party constitution was in order in convening the meeting,” reads Ms Nderitu’s letter.
Nderitu told Jubilee Party to update her office on the progress of an internal dispute resolution and disciplinary processes. But an embattled Kioni said there are processes that must be completed by the faction that ousted him and two other officials.
“We have identified some processes that have been skipped but I cannot disclose them because it is not appropriate at this stage. We have several options of stopping the ouster. We are open to going to court, if need be,” said Kioni.
He added: “We have identified clear mistakes they have made. We believe that it is President William Ruto fighting us.
So, we will move to court. The court has given clear guidelines on what needs to be done”, he said. He further charged that some politicians were thinking they could oust Uhuru and have Jubilee wound up.
The NEC meeting held on February 2 appointed in an acting capacity Adan Keynan (Eldas), Eala MP Kanini Kega (secretary general) and Kitui South MP Rachael Nyamai (treasurer).
The new officials had announced that in the next six months, the party’s National Delegates Convention (NDC) would ratify a decision to exit Azimio la Umoja coalition.
Thereafter, the 30 lawmakers who had sanctioned the ouster met President Ruto and pledged their allegiance to his Kenyan Kwanza government.
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