The political dispute continues to escalate between the ruling party and UDA after a section of William Ruto allies yesterday demanded an equitable share of the Jubilee political party’s fund with UDA.
This comes barely days after the National Treasury disbursed KSh 365 million to the Jubilee party as part of their political parties’ fund for the financial year 2020/2021.
Led by Soy Member of Parliament Caleb Kositany, William Ruto allies are now demanding that their recently formed outfit, the United Democratic Alliance, should get a share of the millions.
According to Kositany, the funds were calculated when a majority of Tanga Tanga members had not switched their allegiance to UDA hence they have a right to receive a share of the kitty.
“From governors, MPs to MCAs the majority have moved to UDA which makes it paramount that UDA, a party which has a pre-election agreement with Jubilee, should get a share of the money,” Kositany said as quoted by the Star.
Apart from pushing for the Political Party’s share, the Tanga Tanga allied lawmakers further want Auditor General Nancy Gathungu to carry out a thorough audit of the Jubilee expenditure.s
This is the fact that the UDA members had earlier on threatened to stop their Jubilee party monthly remittance.
“In the books, they are saying they are paying rent for the entire eight-story party headquarters yet it does not occupy all the floors. The county offices are not functional, yet in the party’s financial records they are allocated millions of shillings for rent,” Nyandarua Woman Representative Faith Gitau said.
However, Jubilee Party deputy Secretary-General Joshua Kutuny said the Political Parties Fund was given to the ruling party because of the numbers of its elected leaders and challenged them to resign and pave way for a by-election.
Only Jubilee party which is crafting for a merger with Raila Odinga’s ODM party ahead of the 2022 General Election were the only two political parties that benefited from over KSh 500 million political party’s fund released on Monday.
In March, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee party announced that it has terminated its pre-election pact with UDA, a party heavily linked to Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto.
Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju in a letter to the Registrar of Political Parties Ann Nderitu said Jubilee’s relationship with UDA had become untenable especially after the UDA party fielded candidates against its sister party Jubilee in several by-elections.