Blow to Uhuru's plans for Jubilee NDC

Former President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Party headquarters after a failed takeover by a rival faction on April 26, 2023. [File, Standard]

Former President Uhuru Kenyatta's plan to convene Jubilee Party's National Delegates Conference at Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi, has been thrown in limbo after the management said the venue will be unavailable.

Uhuru called the NDC amid escalating wrangles pitting his led faction against EALA MP Kanini Kega's side.

According to the former President’s notice, members would convene to discuss, draft, and ratify party policies. The notice also stated that the National Executive Committee (NEC) will present a status report to members during the convention and adopt any other matter.

But the Bomas management said the venue would not be available to host the NDC.

In a letter addressed to Jubilee acting Executive Director Polycarp Hinga, Bomas of Kenya marketing and corporate communications manager Gladys Kangethe said the facility would be closed for repairs from May 16, for eight weeks.

A section of members allied to the Eala legislator - who is jostling for the Secretary-General position with former Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni - have however opposed the scheduled NDC arguing that the NEC meeting was illegal.

In a statement to newsrooms, Jubilee national chairperson Nelson Dzuya said that Murathe, Kioni and Gichohi had been suspended by the NEC pending the internal disputes resolution process pursuant to the judgment of the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal (PPDT) delivered on April 19.

EALA MP Kanini Kega (left). A section of members allied to the Eala legislator have opposed the scheduled NDC. [Denis Kibuchi, Standard]

Dzuya claimed the NEC meeting lacked quorum provided under the party constitution. “The members of NEC entitled to attend are 21 and therefore, to meet the quorum requirement a NEC meeting cannot have less than nine members. Additionally, if the suspended officials were in attendance their participation would be of no legal consequence,” he said.

The development also comes days after the former President was summoned by the dispute resolution committee.

In the letter dated May 12, that was sent to Uhuru, the Internal Dispute Resolution Committee chairperson Gideon Solonka notifies him of the dispute lodged against him.

Solonka also notifies the former President to file his response electronically within two days from the day of notification adding that he will be notified of a hearing date before a final decision is made.

At the same time, the Registrar of Political Parties Anne Nderitu had written to the former President telling him that her office has received resolutions from the party’s NEC held on May 2. In the letter Nderitu, notifies Uhuru of his suspension from office and the appointment of his replacement Sabina Chege. She also notified him of disciplinary action against him and the suspension of NDC meant for May 22.