, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 8 – The oldest party in Kenya took on the newly born on Thursday, when the Kenya African National Union (KANU) moved to the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal to stop the Jubilee Party from using a combination of ‘its’ colours – red, black and green.
Through lawyer Kiprop Marimoi, KANU applied for the immediate intervention of the Tribunal from which it wants restraining orders.
It wants the Registrar of Political Parties restrained from registering the Jubilee Party or any other party for that matter, which uses a combination of the three colours and in the event a certificate has already been issued, have it revoked.
KANU’s argument is that it could be confused for the Jubilee Party at the ballot.
Jubilee Party’s colours are not the only element of its branding that was contested on Thursday; a businessman, Jonathan Kinyanzwii, moved to the High Court in a bid to stop it from continuing to use the slogan ‘Tuko Pamoja’; a trademark of which he’s claimed ownership.
He therefore wants the party stopped from formally claiming ownership of the slogan at the launch event planned for Saturday; at which President Uhuru Kenyatta will assume the mantle.
The matter has therefore been certified as urgent and will come before Justice Joseph Tuiyot on Friday for orders.
Thursday was the Jubilee Party’s inception date when 10 of its affiliate parties resolved to dissolve at National Delegates Conventions held at the Kasarani Indoor Stadium and Bomas of Kenya.
Deputy President William Ruto is expected to ‘officially bring the Jubilee Party into being’ on Friday at a delegates meeting at Kasarani before President Kenyatta officially launches the party and headquarters, Jubilee House, on Saturday.