Musalia Mudavadi's UDF party yesterday claimed its exit from the Jubilee coalition signaled the automatic dissolution of the deal.
The UDF, Uhuru Kenyatta's TNA and William Ruto's were for the second time in as many days unable to resolve their dispute following the collapse of the coalition when they appeared before the Registrar of Political Parties. The matter is now expected to be referred to the Political Parties Disputes Resolutions Tribunal.
Mudavadi formally terminated his coalition agreement with Uhuru and Ruto and presented the document at the Registrar's office. The other two parties were expected to sign the document to mark the end of their short-lived coalition.
Mudavadi's party however insisted that its exit from the coalition meant an automatic dissolution of the Jubilee coalition and therefore TNA and URP should cease using the name.
UDF insisted the coalition agreement it had signed with TNA and URP was legal as it was based on the Political Parties Act.The party attributed the collapse of the coalition to TNA's and URP's refusal to honour an agreement on how to choose the coalition's presidential candidate.
In a statement issued by the director of communications at Mudavadi's campaign secretariat, Mundia Muchiri, UDF announced that its national executive council as well as its political council met in Nairobi yesterday and mandated party chairman Hassan Osman and secretary general Dan Ameyo to sign the termination agreement.
"The party will hold its National Delegates Conference (NDC) on Friday, January 4, during which Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi is expected to present himself for nomination as the UDF presidential candidate," said Mundia.
Mudavadi yesterday met New Ford Kenya Leader Eugene Wamalwa after which they announced they will soon work together. They will also reveal the nature of their political union.
At the meeting with the Registrar of Political parties, the erstwhile Jubilee coalition partners were unable to agree on how they should part ways. Themost contentious issue which was unresolved was whether or not TNA/URP union should continue to identify itself as the Jubilee coalition yet Mudavadi's UDF was no longer in the mix.
The UDF refused to sign the "consensus departure document" prepared by TNA/URP which proposed that the 'marriage' end but conceding to allow UDF the right to continue campaigning independently using the name Jubilee alliance
It is this proposal that the UDF officials found untenable. They insisted that an addendum to the coalition agreement signed between the three parties on December 4 in which the name Jubilee coalition was adopted superseded the agreement URP and TNA had signed together earlier.
UDF insisted that the Jubilee coalition came into being after it was invited to join TNA and URP and therefore the departure of any of the partners in the coalition would result in the automatic dissolution of the coaltion.
The TNA and URP objected to this saying the agreement the parties had signed with UDF were not legally binding since none of the respective parties' national executive or governing councils had ratified the agreement.
Coincidentally, TNA/URP deal was ratified by the respective parties' executive and governing councils after the fact.
The TNA chairman Johnson Sakaja said the party had agreed to amicably part way with the UDF party and would no longer engage in board room deals.
He said the TNA/URP parties were currently engaged on finalizing their plans to hold joint nominations akaja said will carry out joint nominations with URP to pick aspirants who will vie for various seats on a Jubilee Coalition ticket countrywide
He said under the joint nominations a candidate who wins will be given the a ticket for his or her original party. "If a URP aspirant wins in a particular area he or she gets the tickets and vice versa", said Sakaja.
Sakaja said Jubilee was on the highway to winning the polls and they would no longer entertain external disruption on their campaign programmes.
MPs drawn from the three parties appeared to send a more reconciliatory message stating that the departure of Mudavadi from the Jubilee coalition was not only 'mutual and friendly' but also legal.
"We are disengaging on mutual consent. We are not enemies and we are in competitive politics. Our mission and vision remains." said Dujis MP Adan Duale and who belongs to URP.
Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni who belongs to UDF said even through the parties were parting ways, the leaders were not parting as enemies.
"Our enemies remain the same- the fight against bad governance," said Kioni. Other MPs present during the press conference were Ndiritu Muriithi (Laikipia West) and Abdikadir Mohammed (Mandera Central) who both belong to UDF.