Maendeleo Chap Chap Party leader Alfred Mutua has been blocked from leaving Azimio La Umoja-One Kenya Coalition Party.

On Wednesday, June 8, the High Court rejected an application by the Machakos Governor to leave the coalition led by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga. 

According to the court, the applicant failed to pursue internal dispute resolution and hence the request to leave the coalition was not granted.

The ruling comes in the backdrop of a previous judgment by the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal which knocked out applications by Maendeleo Chap Chap to exit the Azimio coalition.

The tribunal dismissed two applications filed by MCC party and a member, Martin Mugo arguing that it lacked jurisdiction to hear the cases as the applications were prematurely filed before it.

“We find that the matter by the complainants before our jurisdiction was prematurely invoked. The preliminary objection by Azimio La Umoja Party and Registrar of Political Parties is merited and upheld. The application by the petitioners is struck out,” the tribunal ruled.

Further, the tribunal also held that MCC and Mugo failed to present indicated that they had exhausted all other alternative dispute resolution routes before they sought for the tribunal’s intervention.

Mutua went on to join Kenya Kwanza and he announced his support of Deputy President William Ruto’s candidature for the presidency in the August polls.

The Machakos governor stated that he decided to join Kenya Kwanza after Azimio failed to disclose the coalition agreement signed with affiliate parties.

“As you can see, we have been kicked out of Azimio… you cannot sign a contract and no one gives it to you,” he stated.

However, the tribunal disputed the argument that MCC was not aware of the content of the coalition agreement noting that it’s hard to accept the assertion. 

“No evidence was tabled demonstrating that they asked the registrar of political parties to furnish them with the document. That argument cannot be used as ground of exit,” the tribunal stated.


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