The Jubilee Party is developing a new strategy in replacing the six nominated senators kicked out by the party over alleged gross violation of party rules after majority in the party list were found to be allied to William Ruto. Reports indicate that the ruling will disqualify some of the candidates on the list submitted to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
According to Jubilee Party secretary General Raphael Tuju, the party would review the membership status of the nominees before they are considered for nomination.
The law requires parties to present a list of nominees to the IEBC before each general election. The list is then used to pick nominated senators for the next five years until another general election is held but majority of the names either officials of UDA Party or allied to the deputy president. Among those whose names were included in the list Jubilee submitted to IEBC in 2017 include United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Secretary General Veronica Maina, Caroline Daudi, Fransisca Kamuren, Beatrice Gambo and Joyce Amasong.
Raphael Tuju confirmed that those allied to other political parties and agendas would not receive any nomination.
“She (Maina) is the Secretary-General of UDA. That means she cannot be nominated by Jubilee to the Senate. Again, some of the people in the list to the IEBC list stopped paying the membership fees. We will have to review the status of each nominee before settling on individuals to nominate,” Tuju stated.
The news comes as the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal upheld the decision by the Jubilee party to oust the six senators over violation of the party’s constitution.
The expelled senators are; Isaac Mwaura, Millicent Omanga, Mary Seneta, Falhada Dekow, Naomi Waqo and Victor Prengei.
The Tribunal affirmed that the Jubilee party was in order in dismissing the politicians from the party.
The six were found in bad books with the ruling party that accused them of gross violation of the party’s constitution and advancing ideologies not in line with the Jubilee’s policies.
According to a letter dated February 8, Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju communicated the decision of the National Management Committee (NMC) to oust the six from the party.