DP Ruto, through his close ally, takes Uhuru to Court over Jubilee Party millions

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Deputy President William Ruto has opened a new full throttle attack on President Uhuru as the implosion in Jubilee moves from worse to worst.

Through his longtime aide and political hatchet man Godfrey Musaina, the Deputy President has moved to court to bar the  Registrar of Political Parties from releasing funds to the Jubilee Party.

In the 2020/2021 Financial Year, parliament allocated Ksh 826.6 million to the political parties and with Jubilee being the largest political party in the country by sheer numbers of elected political members, it has consistently received the highest allocations from the fund, followed at a distant second by the ODM Party.

In its most recent statement, Jubilee Party had income of Ksh339 million out of which Ksh240 million were from the Political Parties Fund while Ksh94 million from contributions by elected and nominated members in the county assemblies and parliament.

Ruto allies have all threatened to stop monthly contributions to the Jubilee Party while the Deputy President last week hosted groups of supporters donning Jubilee Asili t-shirts. The yellow-themed Jubilee Asili Party, though facing registration hurdles, is believed to be Ruto’s exit plan when Jubilee Party collapses.

In the suit, the Deputy President wants the party barred from fielding candidates in the upcoming ward by-elections in Gaturi, Wundanyi, Kahawa Wendani, Lake View  in Nakuru and Kisumu North Ward in Kisumu County.

Already, the Party had endorsed ODM candidate for Msambweni parliamentary by-election, a move the Deputy President opposed, deciding to back an independent candidate.

A summary of the suit:

 An order barring Jubilee Party from submitting candidates to IEBC for the forthcoming by-elections in the following electoral areas:
a. Gaturi Ward in Muranga County;
b. Wundanyi/Mbale in Taita Taveta County
c. Kahawa Wendani Ward in Kiambu County
d. Lake View Ward in Nakuru County
e. Kisumu North Ward in Kisumu County

 An order barring IEBC from a receiving and clearing Jubilee Party nominees for the by-elections scheduled for 15th December 2020 in the following electoral areas:
a. Gaturi Ward in Muranga County;
b. Wundanyi/Mbale in Taita Taveta County
c. Kahawa Wendani Ward in Kiambu County
d. Lake View Ward in Nakuru County
e. Kisumu North Ward in Kisumu County

An order seeking the Registrar of Political Parties to deregister Jubilee Party on grounds that:

1. The Party has failed to establish organs as provided for in Article 6 of the Jubilee Party Constitution.
2. Failure by the Jubilee Party to implement its own Constitution in the management of Party affairs.
3. Failure by Jubilee Party to hold its internal party elections.
4. Failure by the Jubilee Party to constitute a National Executive Committee therefore losing its core as a fully registered political party. By not having NEC in place, the organ known as National Management Committee is a charade.
5. Failure to utilize the Political Party Funding in running party programmes. 90% of the fund goes to pay salaries.
6. Conducting party primaries using the national and county elections boards which are illegal as they are not ratified by the NEC.

Orders granted by the Court:
1. The matter was certified urgent
2. Petitioner shall serve the pleadings together with written submissions within 5 days of the order
3. Respondents to file & serve their responses within 14 days of service
4. Highlighting of submissions on 16th November 2020

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