Relief for Murkomen and Kihika as KANU-Jubilee coalition is suspended

Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika and Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen who were replaced on Monday.PHOTO COURTESY

The Senate leadership reshuffle by the Jubilee coalition parliamentary group has hit a snag after the political parties’ tribunal resolutions dispute suspended the coalition deal between President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party and Gideon Moi’s Kenya African National Union (KANU) .

The tribunal says the order is to remain interim until when and after National Executive committee (NEC) calls for a party meeting to discuss on the same.

“(The Jubilee-KANU coalition deal) violated Article 10, 38, 73 and 91 of the Constitution of Kenya, the Political Parties Act, Regulation 21 of the Political Parties (Registration) Regulations 2019 and Article 32.2 of the 1st Interested Party’s Constitution and any decision emanating therefrom is invalid, illegal and had no effect in law,” the order reads.

The tribunal has given seven days the respondents i.e Jubilee party secretary-general, the chairman, and the Registrar of Political Parties to serve their response to the pleadings.

This is after Nakuru senator Susan Kihika, Soy Member of parliament Caleb Kositany, Mumias East MP Benjamin Washiali, and Albert Mutai (Jubilee Treasurer) moved to court following a pronouncement from State House on changes to the Senate leadership.

On Monday West Pokot Senator Samuel Poghisio (KANU) was to replace Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen as the Majority leader in the Senate.

However, 22 Senators led by Kihika protested the changes saying they,Jubilee party senators, they did not receive any formal invitation for any meeting with an agenda to discuss the removal of senate Majority Leader and the Senate Majority Whip.