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Tribunal Issues Orders Restraining Democratic Party, Muturi from Promoting Kenya Kwanza

Speaker Muturi, Kenya Kwanza alliance

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi with DP William Ruto. [Courtesy]

The Political Parties Disputes Tribunal has issued a temporary injunction barring the Democratic Party and it’s party leader Justin Muturi from promoting their coalition with the Kenya Kwanza alliance.

“A temporary injunction restraining the respondents from further discussing, ratifying, perpetuating or in any other way promoting the purported coalition agreement with the 3rd Interested party.”the Tribunal said in it’s ruling.

The tribunal further barred the Registrar of Political Parties from registering any documents deemed as coalition agreements comprising the Democratic Party as one of the signatories.

Read: Speaker Muturi Risks Ouster as DP Leader For Joining Kenya Kwanza Alliance

The orders are valid until Friday May 20 when the Tribunal shall give a final ruling in the matter.

Wambugu Nyamu, Daniel Munene and Kingori Choto,of the Democratic Party filed a petition  with the tribunal after the party leader Muturi and other officials signed a deal with Kenya Kwanza on April 9. The three members claimed that the officials had violated the party’s resolutions made during a National Delegates Conference (NDC) on February 20.

According to the members, the party had resolved not to form and coalitions until after the elections had been held on August 9.

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Party leader Muturi, patron Joseph Munyao, chairman Essau Kioni and secretary-general Jacob Haji, as well as Joseph Mathai are named as respondents in the case.

The petitioners are seeking to have the coalition agreement declared as unlawful, as they had gone against the authority of the NDC which retains the powers to bind the party to such agreements.

The trio is also seeking to have Muturi ousted as DP’s party leader.

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Written by Vanessa Murrey

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