PNU seeks over Sh350m from Uhuru’s TNA

By Geoffrey Mosoku
Former President Mwai Kibaki’s party, Party of National Unity ( PNU), is now demanding over Sh350 million from President Uhuru Kenyatta’s party The National Alliance ( TNA). The amount includes property which served as PNU headquarters in Lavington and is now being used as the TNA Nairobi branch office estimated at about Sh300 million and Sh34 million which was at PNU accounts by the time the two parties signed a pact. PNU also says in accordance to the agreement entered with TNA, Kibaki’s party was entitled to a share of the political parties’ kitty emanating from former PNU registered members who vied and won on a TNA ticket. This, PNU argues, totals to over Sh20 million. PNU, which successfully rescinded the Political Parties Registrar decision to deregister it last December at the High Court, has now moved to the Political Parties Tribunal seeking to recover the assets from TNA. Through lawyer Steve Mogaka, Kibaki’s party says former trustees of the party have since moved to TNA, with one of them Stephen Karau having been appointed Kenya’s ambassador to Switzerland. 25 MPs were either nominated or elected on a TNA ticket following the 2013 General Election after the two parties signed an agreement to have PNU members fly the TNA flag at the polls. See also: Governors snub Uhuru’s invite to Sh38 billion health project event Article 16.3 of the agreement stated that the coalition agreement does not in any way affect each political party’s entitlement to funds from the Political Party Fund. Prorated allocation “For purposes of computing the entitlement from the Political Parties Fund under article 16.3 above, and in particular that of the Party of National Unity, candidates who will have been successfully elected in the General Election and will have Joined the National Alliance Party for the purposes of contesting in the said elections, will be aggregated and the total sum will be the basis for a prorated allocation of the monies received from the Political Parties Fund,” 16.4 of the pact reads. Sunday, TNA Chairman Johnson Sakaja said they had no intention of sharing the political parties kitty with PNU, since those who decamped to join TNA had formerly resigned from PNU. He also denied occupying or taking over PNU offices. “We have no interest on any property owned by PNU as such assets does not reflect on our balance sheet. However, if trustees of that property are willing to donate to us, we will gladly accept but that is not the case for now,” Sakaja said. Under the deal signed in October 2012, PNU argues in its affidavit that the coalition agreement does not allow TNA to take possession of its property

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