East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) MP Kanini Kega, on Wednesday, May 10, suspended the National Delegates Conference (NDC) called for by former President Uhuru Kenyatta.
In a notice, Kega, who claimed to act as the secretary general, indicated that his decision was ratified by Jubilee's National Executive Committee (NEC).
The Uhuru NDC was slated to take place on Monday, May 22.
“Take notice that the Jubilee Party National Executive Committee (NEC) has suspended the notice for a Special National Delegates Conference published in the print media on April 29,” read the notice in part.
Consequently, Kega - who signed the notice off as the secretary general - added that the NEC would convene a special meeting for all the party delegates in the coming days.
“The party will in due course issue a notice convening a Special National Delegates Conference pursuant to the resolution of NEC dated February 2023,” he stated.
Kega's move dealt the embattled party leader another blow after being sued by Former nominated MP Hassan Osman over the May 22 meeting.
In his petition to Political Parties Disputes Tribunal (PPDT), the former lawmaker argued that Uhuru's call for NDC was unlawful. He also asked for the meeting to be suspended.
"I wish to state that the respondents have tried to purport to remove or change the party constitution, membership and leadership when the same is unlawful, illegal and unprocedural," he stated.
Uhuru and his faction's secretary general, Jeremiah Kioni, were yet to respond to the court petition and Kanini Kega's notice.
Notably, the NEC ousted both leaders as Uhuru was replaced by nominated MP Sabina Chege. Kioni, on the other hand, was replaced by Kega.
However, the duo maintained that they were still in office, noting that the party constitution did not allow the party leader to be ousted by NEC.
"The rebel group's meetings in clandestine locations, the subsequent minutes and resolutions are null and void," Kioni stated and even wrote a letter to the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties asking it not to recognise the new officials.
Uhuru's woes began after he visited the party headquarters in Kileleshwa in April 2023, to defend Kioni from Kega's factions allied with President William Ruto.