Senator Mwaura’s name struck off the Jubilee party register

The Registrar of Political Parties has removed Nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura’s name from Jubilee Party’s membership list.

The notice signed by RPP Ann Nderitu said it is awaiting the adoption of the same by the National Executive Committee.

The RPP based its decision on the party disciplinary committee report dated February 6 as well as the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal ruling on March 26.

The act of the registrar striking off a name from a party’s membership list means Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka will declare the seat vacant.

This will then pave way for IEBC to start the process of replacing the fired senator.

Mwaura’s troubles started on February 8, 2021, when Jubilee Party settled on expelling nominated Senators over disciplinary violations.

Others are Mary Seneta, Falhada Dekow Iman, Naomi Jillo Waqo, Victor Prengei, Millicent Omanga and Christine Gona. They were expelled by the National Management Committee (NMC) after deliberating on the reports submitted by the Party Disciplinary Committee.

Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju, the six had appeared before the disciplinary committee last year and this year over insubordination and gross misconduct.

“The NMC in exercising its mandate as provided for under Article 7(2a) of the party constitution and relying on other enabling provisions of the same constitution has expelled the senators,” read the statement.

The senators had got a temporary reprieve over a month ago when the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal halted their removal from the party, a day after Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju communicated the decision of the National Management Committee (NMC).

The move was at the time opposed by the Tangatanga wing of the party allied to Deputy President William Ruto, claiming it was a tactic to deny them numbers during the Senate Parliamentary Group meeting to kick out Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata as Majority Whip.

On Friday, the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal declined to issue conservatory orders barring the Registrar of Political Parties from removing Nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura’s name from the membership of Jubilee Party.

Mwaura lodged a complaint at the tribunal on February 9, saying he was not furnished with the details of the charge against him.

The senator said he was only given a three days’ notice to prepare for hearing and he was not provided with the decision of the National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) before it was submitted to the NMC for ratification.

He said there was no evidence to support the allegations made against him that he was disloyal to the party or that he contravened the party position, among others.

Registrar of Political Parties Ann Nderitu said the decision to complete the removal process now lies with the party.

“The ball is in the court of JP to write to office of the registrar interpreting the ruling and the instructions to delete them from the party’s list,” said Nderitu.

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