Ruto’s UDA party is facing emerging issues after the Registrar of Political Parties Anne Nderitu opposed the Party’s push for the allocation of an extra Ksh 115 million from the Political Party’s Fund.
The Registrar of Political Parties maintained that the formula she used to allocate the political parties’ funds was Accurate and Transparent and the party was not entitled to any extra allocation.
The difference of opinion between Nderitu and the United Democratic Alliance originated from claims by the Ruto-led outfit that the Registrar failed to check out votes garnered in the Kericho Woman Representative and Ravine Ward Member of County Assembly elections respectively, where the two candidates won the race unopposed.
Anne Nderitu argued that since there were no votes to be checked out in terms of the two unopposed positions, there were no votes cast, hence no funds.
In a statement, the registrar further pointed out that the legal framework of allocation checks out the votes garnered by each Political Party and the Elective Seats won by the Party.
Nderitu added that prior to the distribution of the allocation funds, she had attached the Political Parties and discussed the distribution formula.
Through Lawyer Kamotho Njenga, the UDA Party argued that the registrar miscalculated the votes gathered by legitimate parties in the August 9, General Elections.
The United Democratic Alliance was allocated Ksh577 million from a Ksh1.48 billion Political Parties Fund, the amount it challenged citing that its political operations will be highly affected.
In a Gazette notice dated November 2, the Ksh1.48B for the 2022/2023 Financial year was meant to be shared amongst Forty-eight political parties with the top beneficiaries being the Wiper Democratic Party, ODM party, UDA party, Democratic Action Party of Kenya-DAP-K, and Jubilee Party.
The Orange Democratic Movement party was allocated Ksh308M followed by the Jubilee party with Ksh135M, the Wiper party was allocated Ksh72 million while DAP-K was purely expecting Ksh3 million.
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On the other hand, Small parties will also benefit from the kitty this year following amendments that were made to the Political Parties Act in 2021.
Figuring out, Nderitu’s office wants the tribunal to dismiss UDA’s case, in the free for all that saw the suspension of the issuance of the fund, pending a hearing of the dispute.
The Chairperson of the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal Desma Nungo will hear the case on November 30 this year.