Murathe still Jubilee party boss despite his resignation

Former Vice Chairperson of Jubilee Party David Murathe addressing the press at his residence when he announced his resignation as the vice chair of jubilee party on 6/1/19-[Beverlyne Musili,Standard]

Jubilee Party is yet to conclude the legal process to confirm resignation of Vice-Chairman David Murathe, which means technically he could still be in office.

Although Mr Murathe submitted his resignation letter to the ruling party Secretary General Raphael Tuju over a month ago, he says he is yet to receive a letter accepting his resignation and the party also has not formally notified the Registrar of Political Parties Ann Nderitu as required by law.

Mr Tuju confirmed receipt of the resignation letter but acknowledged the necessary steps had not been concluded.

“Yes, I have and I issued a statement thanking him for his years of service to the party,” replied Tuju, contradicting Murathe’s position that he is not in receipt of a response from the party.

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Tuju explained the delay to notify the Registrar of Political Parties thus: “We will be notifying the registrar with other changes, apart from the one for Murathe.” 

Ms Nderitu said her office was yet to get communication from Jubilee Party. “I am aware the party is in the process of making a communication on the party leadership changes. We are in conversation,” she disclosed.

Yesterday, Murathe reiterated his position that declaring Deputy President William Ruto unsuitable to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022 made it untenable for him to serve in the Jubilee leadership. Uhuru is the party leader and Ruto the deputy.

“It was no longer tenable for me and the DP to sit on the same table or work together, yet I am in the process of moving to court to block his presidential bid,” said Murathe, a founder member of Jubilee Alliance, which comprised 14 parties that dissolved.

This comes just days after National Assembly Majority Leader Adan Duale (Garissa Town) told Citizen TV that Murathe was sacked by the party leadership for saying "unpleasant words" against the DP.

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Jubilee PartyVice-Chairman David MuratheRegistrar of Political PartiesAnn NderituRaphael TujuSecretary General