1 January 2013

Kenya: Jubilee Members Fail to Agree On Dispute

The registrar of political parties Lucy Ndung'u presided over arbitration talks among Jubilee members where the dispute could not be resolved. ( Resource: Kenya's Jubilee Party Reach Stalemate

UHURU Kenyatta, William Ruto and Musalia Mudavadi yesterday failed to agree on how to resolve the "breach of coalition agreement" dispute. officials from Uhuru's TNA, Ruto's URP and Mudavadi's UDF appeared yesterday before the Registrar of Political Parties Lucy Ndung'u but disagreed on "outstanding issues".

"We have had fruitful discussion with the registrar and agreed on some of the issues but we still have some outstanding issues which we require more time to consult on the way forward," said Dan Ameyo, UDF secretary General.

The top official of the three parties attended the meeting which lasted to close four hours. They resolved to hold another meeting tomorrow. TNA was represented by party chairman Jonson Sakaja and the secretary general Onyango Oloo. URP was represented by chairman Francis Ole kaparo and secretary general Davis Chirchir while UDF set Hassan Osman and Ameyo.

The registrar of political parties Lucy Ndungu had summoned the three parties after UDF filed an official complaint claiming that Jubilee coalition had breached the coalition agreement that they had signed on December 4 in which Uhuru is said that he agreed to step down for Mudavadi as the coalition presidential flagbearer.

The three parties are said to have to decided to postponed the meeting after sharp differences emerged when UDF refused to yield to the TNA/URP demands. Ole Kaparo told journalists that the "matter at hand" was a "hard one". "We are dealing with very weighty matters here that has forced us to rescheduled our discussion to January 2 that is what we can tell you now",He said.

The three parties are now expected to appear before the registrar on January 2 after consulting their party bosses. Poitical observers say that the delayed resolution of the stalemate will impact negatively on the nomination process of the parties that form the Jubilee coalition. The Independent Election and Boundaries Commission has set January 18 as the deadline for all political parties to have conducted their nominations.

If the Jubilee will not resolve the dispute by tomorrow, it means that their calendar of nominations will have to be changed. On Monday several Mps allied to TNA and URP claimed that UDF is "attempting to frustrate" Uhuru's presidential bid after Mudavadi was "betrayed" by Uhuru.

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