In Summary
  • The parties’ law, which came into force in 2011, stipulates that the monies due to political parties that qualify for the allocation, shall not be less than 0.3 percent of the revenue collected by the national government.

  • The threat by ANC, Wiper and Ford Kenya comes after the Registrar of Political Parties Anne Nderitu, who administers the parties’ fund, told a parliamentary committee on Thursday that although there exists an agreement in Nasa on the sharing of the fund, a framework on how the fund shall be shared is lacking.

The fallout in the National Super Alliance (Nasa) appeared to get out of hand Saturday after three affiliate parties threatened to battle ODM in courts of law for the Sh4 billion political parties’ windfall.

Separately, Mr Musalia Mudavadi’s Amani National Congress (ANC), Mr Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper movement and Mr Moses Wetang’ula’s Ford-Kenya vowed to ensure that the Sh4 billion windfall was shared proportionately among the Nasa affiliates.

ALLOCATION

Former Prime Minister Raila Odnga’s ODM had moved to court to compel the National Treasury to award it the billions accrued from 2011 to 2016 after the Treasury failed to comply with the requirements of Section 24 (1) (a) of the Political Parties Act of 2011.

The parties’ law, which came into force in 2011, stipulates that the monies due to political parties that qualify for the allocation, shall not be less than 0.3 percent of the revenue collected by the national government.

The threat by ANC, Wiper and Ford Kenya comes after the Registrar of Political Parties Anne Nderitu, who administers the parties’ fund, told a parliamentary committee on Thursday that although there exists an agreement in Nasa on the sharing of the fund, a framework on how the fund shall be shared is lacking.

Ms Nderitu’s statement has also been backed by an audit report from the Office of Auditor-General on the accounts of ANC tabled in the National Assembly.

RESOLUTION

The three disgruntled parties warned that they will pursue their rightful share to the bitter end while accusing ODM of attempting to short change them.

“We are currently deliberating on the framework. This is the money we will follow up and we will get it only that ODM is being stubborn,” Ms Judith Sijeny, Wiper’s Secretary General said.

“If we fail to agree as provided for in the coalition’s internal instruments, we will go to the political parties’ dispute tribunal. If we fail to get justice at the tribunal, we will proceed until we exhaust all the appeals mechanism,” she said.

Nasa has the management board and the Summit bringing together leaders of the affiliate parties, as coalition dispute resolution instruments.

Ms Sijeny’s sentiments were echoed by Mr Kibisu Kabatesi, Mr Mudavadi’s private secretary.

CHALLENGE

“We are in pursuit of justice together with Wiper. We will be together in court if we fail to address the issues as Nasa and at the tribunal,” Mr Kabatesi said.

But Mr Wetang’ula’s Ford Kenya is of a different opinion as it is pushing to have the matter resolved as a family.

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