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Court Rules in Favor of Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter

Nandi Hills Member of Parliament Alfred Keter has something to smile about after High Court in Nairobi ruled in his favour in a case against being disciplined by the Jubilee Party.

In a verdict delivered on Monday, Justice George Odunga declared that Jubilee Party did not have the mandate to limit its lawmakers from airing their personal views.

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Jubilee Party was in a bid to discipline four MPs who defied the party on the sharing of parliamentary committee positions.

MPs Alfred Keter (Nandi Hills), James Mwangi (Embakasi North), Kangogo Bowen (Marakwet East) and Silas Tiren (Moiben) had moved to High Court on 27th December last year seeking protection against any form of discipline action to be taken by the party and also to challenge the party’s decision to revoke their committee leadership positions.

They four argues that the decision was without notice and that it infringed on their constitutional rights to fair action and hearing.

Jubilee party wanted the court to allow it to resolve the dispute, but Justice George Odunga declined to issue orders in its favour.

Infact,Judge Odunga said the court has jurisdiction to hear matters where violations of rights have been alleged.

Jubilee’s lawyer Danson Mungatana had told the court that it was unprocedural for the legislators to rush to court before exhausting internal dispute resolution mechanisms.

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He argued that the party was best-placed to deal with the dispute. Mungatana said the MPs refused to hold talks, even after they were called by party secretary general Raphael Tuju.

“We want them to come back home so we can talk. They can’t be allowed to blow hot and cold. They are either with the party or not,” Mungatana said. But Odunga said any political party purporting to limit the rights of their members must satisfy the provisions of Section 24 of the Constitution. He said being party members does not mean the four acted wrongly by seeking to protect their constitutional rights.

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