NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 22 – Registrar of Political Parties Lucy Ndungu has been restrained from merging the Party of National Unity (PNU) with the recently formed Jubilee Party.
The Political Parties Dispute Tribunal, said a claim has been raised by PNU’s Secretary General John Okemwa Anunda to effect that due process was not followed over the allege merger.
PPDT chairperson Kyalo Mbobu, says, “Pending the hearing of the dispute before the tribunal, Ndungu is halted from taking any action over the alleged merger.”
PNU through lawyer Okongo Omogeni told the tribunal that the due process having not been followed, there exists no proper merger.
He said that Party members were not even consulted as provided for the Party constitution.
Omogeni said that the Party members learned of the said merger through media.
“Two Party members who purported to make the pronouncement did not have the mandated to do so,” the lawyer said.
The parties will return to tribunal on Tuesday next week for the hearing of the main application.
The confusion emerges despite PNU being part of about 11 parties that were merged.
The now disputed merger was held in Kasarani Safaricom stadium, where alleged delegates ratified the move to join the Jubilee Party.
Other parties that folded up include the President’s The National Alliance (TNA), United Republican Party (URP) and Alliance Party of Kenya, New Ford Kenya, Republican Council, UDF and JAP among others folded up.