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Jubilee party wrangles: Kanini Kega-led faction to convene special NDC

Tuesday, June 6th, 2023 15:30 | By
Acting Jubilee Secretary-General Kanini Kega (left) and nominated MP Sabina Chege at a past press conference. PHOTO/Courtesy
Acting Jubilee Secretary-General Kanini Kega (left) and nominated MP Sabina Chege at a past press conference. PHOTO/Courtesy

Confusion continues to rock the Jubilee party after a faction allied to the Kenya Kwanza administration announced plans to convene a Special National Delegates Convention (SNDC) next month.

In a statement on Tuesday, June 6, 2023, acting Secretary General Kanini Kega said the resolutions were reached during a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held today.

Kega said the party will hold a national delegates meeting at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre on July 22, 2023.

"A notice convening the SNDC will be sent out in due course as required by the Party constitution," Kega said.

Kega maintained that a delegates meeting chaired by former President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Ngong Racecourse on May 22, 2023, was illegal.

"The meeting noted and agreed with the Determination of the Internal Disputes Resolution Committee (IDRC) dated 30th May, 2023 which declared the meeting held on 22nd May, 2023 at Ngong Racecourse as null and void. The meeting also noted that the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) wrote a letter dated 29th May, 2023 that is in the public domain and which confirmed that the said meeting did not follow due process," Kega said.

Consequently, the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) legislator said leadership changes effected by Uhuru allies during the NDC have no legal consequence.

"In light of the above we wish to inform our members that the purported changes in the leadership of our Party made at the said meeting are of no legal consequence," he said.

He said the party has communicated to the Speaker of the National Assembly that the leadership of the Jubilee in the House remains the same including the position of the deputy Minority Whip held by nominated member Sabina Chege.

The Uhuru-led faction had expelled Kega and nine other members who have joined the Kenya Kwanza coalition.

The party nominated new members to its National Executive Committee (NEC) to replace the rebel members.

During the meeting, Sabina Chege, who the Kega faction claims is the acting party leader, was stripped of her minority whip role in the National Assembly and replaced with Embakasi West MP Mark Mwenje.

The Registrar of Political Parties Anne Nderitu, however, declined to ratify the resolutions of the May 22 NDC.

Nderitu informed Uhuru’s camp in a letter dated May 29 and addressed to embattled Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni that the request to certify the modifications had been rejected due to the lack of complete documentation.

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