Deputy President William Ruto has rejected changes in Jubilee Party’s top decision making organ terming them ‘fraudulent and illegal’
In a letter to Acting Registrar of Political Parties Ann Nderitu, DP Ruto slammed the move to change the membership of National Management Committee (NMC), saying it contravened the party’s constitution and therefore, null and void.
“Please note that the National Executive Council (NEC) has never been reconstituted by the party neither have we ever constituted NEC to constitute or reconstitute the NMC.
“In light of the foregoing the intended changes of NMC membership is therefore illegal and fraudulent,” said DP Ruto.
In a Gazette notice posted on Thursday, April 9, Nderitu published the party’s intention to make the changes and invited members of the public to present their submissions, if any, regarding the replacements.
“In exercise of the power conferred by Section 20 (1) (c) of the Political Parties Act, 2011, the Registrar of Political Parties gives notice that Jubilee Party intends to change its leadership,” the notice read.
“Any person with written submission concerning the intended change by the political party shall, within seven days from the date herein, deposit them at the registrar of political parties.”
The Gazette Notice stated that, the party had appointed Lucy Macharia, Prof Marete Marangu, Walter Nyambati, Jane Nampaso and James Waweru as new office bearers replacing Veronica Maina, Fatuma Shukri and Pamela Mutua who resigned after securing government jobs.
Earlier, in a tweet, DP Ruto bashed the move but assured Jubilee members and supporters that the matter was being handled.
“As Kenyans are focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, some shadowy characters are attempting to fraudulently institute illegal changes in officials of Jubilee party. As deputy leader I have alerted the registrar of the fraud. Party members should know that the matter is being handled.” the DP tweeted.
The DP’s stand ignited reactions from his allies including Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen, Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa and Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria.
“Any changes involving the party in any way must be sanctioned by the relevant party organs through a formal meeting convened and resolutions passed,” read a letter signed by Kuria.
“The purported changes to the membership of the National Management Committee or any other organ of the party is illegal, fraudulent and affront to the values of the party,” He said.
Others who have written letters include Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika, Soy MP Caleb Kositany, Langata MP Nixon Korir and Dagoretti MP John Kiarie.
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