The Jubilee Party has declared war on Deputy President William Ruto linked-United Democratic Alliance (UDA) with a sole intent to terminate their pre-election agreement.
The President Uhuru Kenyatta-led party maintains that it signed a pact with the Party for Democratic Reforms (PDR) which later rebranded to UDA, arguing that makes it a new entity.
If Jubilee is successful in it’s bid to sever ties with the party, leaders allied to DP Ruto who have openly propelled UDA’s agenda under the pre-election pact will be legally exposed.
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The Political Parties Act allows for a party to undertake disciplinary measures including expulsion from the party, of any member who promotes the agendas of another party.
Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju stated that Jubilee will terminate the agreement with UDA.
“It is dishonest to say we are in the same coalition with UDA. It is a hostile coalition. It is hostile in parliament. It cannot be allowed to continue,” Tuju declared.
This comes at the back of the parties efforts to suspend six nominated Senators for their association with the newly formed party.
Jubilee submitted to Political Parties Disputes Tribunal its decision to suspend the law makers due to their association with UDA.
DP Ruto has, however, dismissed the allegations, maintaining that the pact between Jubilee and UDA is valid.
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“Jubilee and UDA are one. We have a coalition agreement and have been working together. If they break Jubilee trying to make a tribal party, we will build UDA as a national party we had hoped Jubilee would be,” DP Ruto had stated.
On Thursday, April 15, 2021, DP Ruto stated that Jubilee will be to blame for the defections to UDA. He noted that if Jubilee ceases to exist, they will move to UDA which is already a fuctioning party and a coalition partner of Jubilee.
His allies have also maintained they are not wrong in their support for UDA.
Jubilee, however, maintains that it is unlawful for the legislators to be in two parties at the same time, asking them to quit and seek election via UDA.
UDA has five elected leaders led by Senate Majority Deputy Leader Fatuma Dullo, Wajir Woman Representative Fatuma Gedi, Tarbaj’s Ahmed Bashane, Mark Lomunokol of Kacheliba and Ijara’s Sophia Abdi.
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