Sigh of relief for Murkomen and Kihika as Tribunal suspends pact

The Political Parties Disputes Tribunal has issued interim orders quashing a post election coalition agreement between Jubilee Party and KANU saying it’s illegal.

The tribunal says the agreement between Jubilee and KANU violates the constitution and the political parties Act.

The Tribunal therefore argues that any decision made or agreed on by the said coalition is invalid and illegal.

Responding to an appeal by Soy MP Caleb Kosatinay, Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika, Mumias East MP Benjamin Washiali and Albert Mutai, the Tribunal declared that any decision founded on the coalition agreement signed between Jubilee and KANU has no effect in law.

The tribunal further gives an injunction restraining Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju and Acting Chairman Nelson Dzuya from making any coalition agreements on behalf of Jubilee Party with any other party or parties without a valid formal resolution of a duly convened National Executive committee of the Jubilee Party.

The decision by the Tribunal gives besieged Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen his Nakuru counterpart Susan Kihika temporary reprieve after they were ousted as Majority Leader and Majority Whip respectively during a Jubilee coalition Parliamentary group meeting at State House Monday.

The two allies of the Deputy President William Ruto were replaced with West Pokot Senator Samuel Poghisio and Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata in what the Parliamentary group said was a move to strengthen jubilee’s leadership in the Senate.

In view of the orders by the Tribunal, Kihika has subsequently written to the Senate Speaker notifying him of the orders and urged him to uphold the rule of law as exhibited by the Tribunal.


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