NASA parties left out as ODM, Jubilee share 500M

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Only ODM and Jubilee Parties are the only political parties meeting the constitutional threshold to receive the political parties’ funding from the Treasury, this is according to the Registrar of political parties Anne Nderitu. According to the Kenya Gazzette Notice, President Uhuru’s Jubilee has received Sh353,856,428 while the Orange party took hSh165,252,076.

The past week, NASA affiliate parties led by Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper Democratic Movement (WDM), Moses Wetangula’s Ford-Kenya and Musalia Mudavadi’s Amani National Congeress (ANC) intensified their attacks on ODM over the political parties funds, saying Raila Odinga had reneged on an earlier promise to share the funds.

“What is left of NASA is winding up and accountability issues. Public resources have been channeled to one of the partners who have completely refused to account,” Senator Wetangula said last week, when asked about future of the alliance.

In October 2019, the Registrar of Political Parties Anne Nderitu disclosed that the coalition agreement ODM, Wiper, Amani National Congress (ANC) and Ford Kenya submitted ahead of the 2017 General Election did not contain any clause on the sharing of funds from the Exchequer. The document Ms Nderitu said, only contained how the four partners would have shared power if they formed the government.

“When dealing with coalitions, we go by what the parties agreed in the MoU. If it gives a formula of sharing of funds, then we go with that,” said Nderitu.

Yesterday, Ms Nderitu said it was the duty of politicians and party leaders to get more members into their parties so as to qualify for more resources. The Jubilee and ODM Parties have received funds for the second, third, and fourth quarters.

“Only two political parties have met the constitutional threshold to get the public money through the Political Parties Fund,” she said.

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