Deputy President William Ruto’s UDA is now calling for a meeting with senior Jubilee Party officials over an impending divorce from the ruling outfit. Last week, Ruto had dared the ruling outfit to expel him and allies from the party, saying they had options outside Jubilee.
However, in a surprise turn of events, UDA Secretary-General Veronica Maina has written to the Registrar of Political Parties, asking her to let UDA and the Jubilee Party leadership resolve their dispute amicably. Without necessarily parting ways.
“The relevant organs of the coalition parties shall undertake the appropriate arbitration processes in a bid to resolve the dispute and update you of the outcome thereof,” the UDA secretary-general letter dated April 22nd reads in part.
The new outfit has also asked the Registrar of Political Parties and the Jubilee Party to allow all MPs in office courtesy of the outfit, and those holding leadership positions in Parliament to continue holding their positions, until the fate of the Jubilee coalition is determined.
”Meantime, all parliamentarians holding office pursuant to the coalition agreement and in particular the Deputy Majority Leader Senator Fatuma Dullo should continue holding office until such a time as the disputes arbitration panel shall determine the fate of the coalition,” Ms. Maina added.
Senator Fatuma Dullo and Wajir Woman Rep Fatuma Gedi were elected to office on a PDR tickets. The party has since been taken over and rebranded to UDA, by DP Ruto’s allies.