The Political Parties Tribunal has squashed the changes to the Senate Leadership and the Jubilee-KANU post-election coalition terming them illegal, null and void.
Over the last few days, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a post election coalition with KANU, the fruits of which was the ouster of Senate Majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen and Senate Whip Susan Kihika, who are perceived Ruto allies.
The announcements were back-to-back, with David Murathe first leaking the documents of the coalition a day before the meeting that would endorse the changes in the Senate leadership.
While the Political Parties act and the Jubilee constitution requires the National Executive Committee to endorse any post coalition election, this meeting never took place. David Murathe, speaking to KTN News, alleged that Uhuru as the president has the sole powers to enter into coalitions on behalf of the party.
He blamed the coronavirus situation as to why the NEC was yet to meet to discuss, ratify or endorse their proposals.
Now Caleb Kotiany, (Jubilee Deputy SG), Susan Kihika among others rushed their grievances to the Political Parties Tribunal to appeal the changes announced and it seems they got a reprieve.
Now orders have been issued restraining Jubilee Party and its agents from entering any coalition until a formal resolution of a duly convened NEC.
According to the Jubilee constitution, this NEC should include all members (or a quorum) from both houses i.e. Parliament and Senate.
It is highly unlikely that such a NEC would be convened considering a majority of Jubilee elected leadership are strongly against the coalition agreement in support of the previous coalition agreement with Ruto.