Political Parties Registrar directs Jubilee to exhaust internal dispute resolution processes over rift
The Office of the Registrar of Political Parties has ratified resolutions of a meeting convened by the Jubilee party's National Executive Council (NEC) amid protests from suspended Secretary-General Jeremiah Kioni.
In a letter addressed to Deputy Secretary General Joshua Kutuny, Anne Nderitu, the Registrar of Political Parties, said the meeting held on Friday, February 10, 2023, was properly convened as per the party constitution.
Kutuny had written to the parties registrar communicating the council's resolutions to suspend Kioni, Jubilee Vice-chairperson David Murathe and National Treasurer Kagwe Gichohi over what the outfit termed as gross misconduct and laxity.
"The Office has taken note of the contents of your submissions and the resolutions. It is also noted that the meeting was properly convened as per the party constitution," Nderitu said.
Nderitu, however, directed the party to exhaust all internal dispute resolution processes in handling the disciplinary process against the ousted officials.
"It is expected that the party shall update the Office on the progress of the internal dispute resolution and disciplinary processes. You are further required to adhere to the provisions of the party constitution as you undertake the said processes," Nderitu said.
The registrar also asked the party to observe the Azimio la Umoja - One Kenya Alliance agreement in plans to exit the alliance.
Jubilee party's NEC announced on Friday that Kioni would be replaced by former Kieni MP Kanini Kega, who was recently elected Member of Parliament for the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), pending a disciplinary process.
NEC also appointed Eldas MP Adan Keynan as the acting Vice Chairperson and Kitui Woman Representative Rachael Nyamai as the National Treasurer.