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Blow to Jubilee party as tribunal overturns the decision to suspend 3 of its lawmakers

Another blow has hit the ruling Jubilee party after the Political parties’ disputes tribunal overturns the party’s earlier decision to suspend some of its wayward members terming it unlawful and with no legal basis.

The Political Parties Disputes Tribunal yesterday Monday, April 5, 2021, made the decision to reverse the Jubilee Party’s decision to suspend three nominated members of the Nairobi county assembly.

The three, Ann Thumbi, Sylvia Museiya, and Millicent Jagero were suspended in November last year by the party’s National Disciplinary Committee for undermining the party.

According to the tribunal’s chair Desma Mugo, the disciplinary action against the trio was unprocedural and violated the laws and the respondents’ rights as captured in the constitution.

“A declaration is hereby issued restraining the respondents and the interested parties by themselves or through their agents from implementing the decision by the respondent’s disciplinary committee to suspend the complainants from the Jubilee Party and all committees of the County Assembly of Nairobi in which they are members,” the Tribunal ruled.

The tribunal further argued that the ruling party’s procedure on suspension did not follow the laid down legal processes when suspending the Nairobi city County MCAs.

The three members had in late last year on December 1o, 2020 filed a complaint to the tribunal regarding the party’s decision.

They stated that the decision made on November 27, 2020, by the respondent was unjust, adding that the suspensions were contravening the provisions of the respondent’s laws and processes. The procedure applied did not follow the laid down processes

The ruling party was listed as the respondent in the case, with the Party’s secretary-general Raphael Tuju, chairman Nelson Dzuya and Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Benson Mutura enjoined as interested parties.

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    Written by Fred Orido

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