Five bench political parties tribunal panel has extended the deadline for submission of senatorial nomination papers for Laikipia County by 14 days pending hearing and determination of a case filed against jubilee party by Former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga.
Njenga had moved to court to challenge the decisions by Jubilee party to bar him from vying for Senatorial seat in Laikipia County on grounds of ‘integrity issues’.
His lawyer Evans Ondieki told the panel that if the court does not intervene and give temporary injunction of the deadline, the aspiring senator will suffer irreparable political and financial damage
Ondieki added that his client will suffer prejudice since the process of nomination is irreversible.
Maina Njenga moved to court on Monday 6th 2017 seeking temporary orders barring Jubilee Party from doing anything prejudicial regarding the nomination papers in respect to that seat.
Njenga argued that the party rejected his nomination papers without any solid reasons therefore went against the constitution.
Njenga also wanted the Political Parties Tribunal to order Jubilee Party and observe the values and principles of democracy and justice in the execution of their mandates.
He said he was not given reasons for the action yet he had spent more than Sh100 million campaigning for JP.
The aspirant said that officers at JP’s headquarters cited integrity issues.
In an affidavit sworn by the former Mungiki leader, he indicated that he no longer associated with the sect and was a God-fearing person.
“I have never been a member of a proscribed organization and those claiming so should provide evidence,” he said.
Njenga also said he was duly registered as a Jubilee member and had paid the requisite Sh250 000 fee for registration and nomination.
He claims that party rejected his nomination papers following instructions from the party leader President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto.
In the court documents, Maina claims to have been registered and paid the requisite legal fees seeking for Laikipia Senatorial seat on a Jubilee Party Ticket and paid 50,000 shillings.
Matter will be heard on 14th March 2017.