NAIROBI, Kenya, May 9 – Kenya African National Union (KANU) Secretary General Nick Salat has been fined Sh200,000 for failure to comply with an order by the Political Parties Dispute Resolution Tribunal which ordered the party to conduct primaries in Fafi constituency, Garissa County.
Salat will face a three-month jail sentence in default.
The tribunal led by Chairperson Kyalo Mbobu – an advocate of the High Court – at the same time directed the party to conduct fresh nominations in the constituency within 12 hours.
Salat was sued alongside party National Elections Board Chairperson Edward Kivuvani by an aspirant identified as Salah Yakub Farah who accused the party of handing his opponent – Abdikarim Osman – a direct ticket to vie for the parliamentary seat.
The tribunal, in initial orders dated May 5, concluded that primaries be held but KANU failed to comply.
While receiving the nomination certificate in March from party leader Gideon Moi, Osman told off his competitors describing them as “noisy and incompetent politicians”.
“The mission to free Fafi constituency and larger Garissa County from noisy and incompetent politicians whose only goal is self aggrandizement has just started,” he posted on his Facebook account.
“Those purporting to be community leaders maligning KANU and its aspirants have all the reasons to do as they will soon lose their political relevance.Watch this space,” he retorted.