Kenya African National Union (KANU) Secretary General Nick Salat was on Tuesday (9/05/17) fined Sh200,000 for failure to comply with an order by the Political Parties Dispute Resolution Tribunal which ordered the party to conduct primaries in Fafi constituency, Garissa County.
According to Kyalo Mbobu, Chairperson of the tribunal directed the party to conduct fresh nominations in the constituency within 12 hours.
Salat will face a three-month jail sentence in default.
Salat, who recently coined the “ndaaani kabisa” slogan, was sued alongside party National Elections Board Chairperson Edward Kivuvani by an aspirant identified as Salah Yakub Farah who accused the party of handing his opponent – Abdikarim Osman – a direct ticket to vie for the parliamentary seat.
According to the disgruntled parliamentary aspirant, Mr Salah Yakub Farah, the party outrightly defied the order and refused to conduct the nomination exercise.
The parliamentary hopeful accused the party officials of conducting a board room nomination exercise that saw them declare a winner without the democratic process.
“Despite a court order, KANU had no intention of doing the nominations. They cooked up the results.
“They did a boardroom nomination in a hotel in Mwingi South constituency and declared a winner there while my people were waiting at polling stations,” Farah indicated.
The politician noted that no KANU officials appeared to conduct the polls and the supporters who appeared to vote were later dismissed by the area OCPD.
Farah noted that the party had not contacted him with an explanation which prompted him to take the matter back to court.
KANU party leader Gideon Moi, said last week that the party decided to support President Uhuru Kenyatta, so he can continue implementing policies that would improve lives.
“It is important for us that you leave behind a good legacy of changing lives, We will stand with you,” indicated the Baringo Senator.
Salat reiterated that the party would fully back Uhuru and Deputy President William Ruto in their bid for a second and final five-year term under the Jubilee Party.
“This is your home…we will ensure that your government continues to serve Kenyans under your leadership,” he noted.
President Uhuru received a major boost as he was also endorsed by three other parties as their presidential candidate.
Maendeleo Chap Chap led by Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua, Narc-K by Martha Karua and EFP by chairman Hassan Abey and secretary general Abdullahi Gessey.