The Political Parties Disputes Tribunal has temporarily barred the Democratic Party and its Party Leader Justin Muturi from promoting their coalition agreement with Kenya Kwanza.
In a its ruling, the Tribunal said, “A temporary injunction restraining the respondents from further discussing, ratifying, perpetuating or in any other way promoting the purported coalition agreement with the 3rd Interested party.”
Further the tribunal issued a temporary injunction restraining the Registrar of Political Parties from registering any document purporting to be a coalition agreement with the Democratic Party of Kenya as one of the signatories
The orders are valid until Friday 20th May, 2022 when the Tribunal shall render a final decision in the matter.
The orders were issued during the hearing of a petition filed by three members of the party, Wambugu Nyamu, Daniel Munene and Kingori Choto, seeking to have the decision by Muturi and other party officials to sign a deal with Kenya Kwanza on April 9th overturned for violating the party’s resolutions at a special National Delegates Conference (NDC) held on February 20.
During the NDC, the party resolved that it will not join any coalition before the August 9 elections but would instead do so after the elections.
Party leader Muturi, patron Joseph Munyao, chairman Essau Kioni and secretary-general Jacob Haji, as well as Joseph Mathai are named as respondents in the case.
In the petition the petitioners also want the purported signing of a coalition agreement by the respondents on behalf of the party with Kenya Kwanza declared unlawful terming it a usurpation of the authority of the NDC which alone has the powers to bind the party to such agreements.
They are also seeking to have the appointment of Muturi as party leader
The party officials are also threatening to eject Muturi from his position as DP party leader, saying that he does not follow the criteria stipulated in the party’s constitution.
Led by director of elections, D. K. Munene, party officials said that during the party’s National Delegates Conference (NDC) held on February 20, they resolved not to support or join any coalition before August 9.
Munene accused said Muturi’s move to join and support Kenya Kwanza is a personal decision and not a party’s stand.