By Kenya Confidential Political Affairs Editor, Nairobi – July 23, 2020
Jubilee Party Deputy Secretary-General Caleb Kositany has transformed himself into the party’s Auditor General and demanded certified four-year audited financial records of the ruling Jubilee Party from his boss Raphael Tuju.
In the latest episode of the now-public cold war salvos between the party chairman President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto, Kositany and Tuju have become rival generals in the battle over the prime country’s largest political party.
In a letter to Tuju copied to the Registrar of Political Parties Ms Anne Nderitu and circulated widely in the social media, Kositany said he was acting on behalf of “more than 100 MPs and over 500 MCAs who are members of the party and who would like information pertaining to Jubilee’s financial records from 2016 to date made public.”
He did not disclose the “more than 100 MPs and over 500 MCAs” comprise a package of the politicians Deputy President rigged through the repeat Jubilee Party nominations and whose campaigns he funded to drive his premature 2022 presidential election campaign on election in 2013.
Kositany says “This demand is made pursuant to Article 35 (1) b of the Constitution of Kenya and that of the party.” He did not expound the article under the Bill of Rights stating , inter alia, that “Access to information. (1) b information held by another person and required for the exercise or protection of any right or fundamental freedom. (2) Every person has the right to the correction or deletion of untrue or misleading information that affects the person.
Kositany wants Tuju to furnish him with the approved budgets for financial years 2016/2017, 2017/2018, 2018/2019 and 2019/2020, as well as all approved procurement records, reports and all committee minutes for the same period.
“I hasten to note that previous requisition of information from myself and/or other members of the party on other matters have been ignored intentionally or otherwise, by your office. May you not ignore this as well,” pleads Kositany.
He does not say how such information on financial matters relates to “right to the correction or deletion of untrue or misleading information that affects the person.”
He also requested for certified bank statements for all Jubilee Party bank accounts and cash books for the same period. The other documents he wants include internal audit reports, finance and audit committee minutes and reports for the same financial periods.
Kositany also demanded records for all Jubilee Party county offices party for the same financial periods, including copies of lease agreements as well as the lease or tenancy agreements for the party’s headquarters in Nairobi since 2016.
Kositany wants Tuju to provide records of the party’s expenditure, including staff salaries and wages, monthly contributions by MPs and MCAs was well as donations, including one by the Communist Party of China.
Jubilee Party also gets the lion’s share of taxpayers money through political parties funding which has remained a thorn in the flesh of many apolitical millions of Kenya who belong to no party. The political parties funding with millions of shillings worth is direct theft from public coffers that serves no purpose but to line up the pockets of top party officials.
He gave the secretary-general seven days to respond that has since expired.
A fortnight ago, the Soy MP accused top party officials of squandering funds, alleging that officials at the party’s headquarters were spending more than Ksh7 million per month on tea and snacks.
“We want details of the bank statements. Any payments that have been made, to who and for what, should be tabled so that Kenyans can make an informed decision on how their funds are utilised,” the Soy MP demanded.
Disclosing the pay master calling the tune he was dancing to, Kositany said the Deputy President’s supporters want the Auditor-General to audit Jubilee Party’s financial books, alleging massive fraud.
In his response Tuju wondered loudly, “Your letter “demanding” documentation from the office of secretary-general, where you are the deputy, and you proceed to give an ultimatum of seven days, is puzzling if not some rather desperate political posturing.”
He questioned what he said was Kositany’s constant use of the party stationery to contradict his position, citing letters the Soy MP wrote to the Kirinyaga, Nairobi and Kajiado assemblies asking them to disregard Tuju’s communication on change of the regional Houses’ leadership.
“All these expose an extreme form of megalomaniacal behaviour. Unfortunately, in this office we do not have the qualifications nor capacity to deal with such malady,” explained Tuju, advising Kositany to direct his queries to party treasurer Albert Mutai.
In a rebutal, MPs allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta have trained their political guns on Kositany, demanding his removal.
Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu and his Cherang’any counterpart Joshua Kutuny said they want the Head of State to remove the Soy MP, whom they accused of going against the party’s ideologies
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“All of us contribute Ksh10,000 every month and we want to know how these funds are being used. Raphael Tuju and the team should publish for us their records in the local dailies. Rift Valley MPs last year threatened to stop making any contributions to the party if Tuju was not removed as Jubilee Party Secretary General only to eat their humble pie .
As deputy SG, I know I should be getting some allowance but someone might be getting it on my behalf. We want to know how we’re paying rent of Ksh5 million per month, and buying tea and snacks worth Ksh7 million” Kositany demanded.
But Tuju dismissed his deputy’s demands, saying he should channel the queries to the Office of the Auditor General.
“We have been audited in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 financial years. We are yet to do the 2019/20 because the financial year just ended. If Kositany wants to see them, he should make the request to the office,” Tuju explained.
Part of the Kostany letter
He said Mr Kositany was looking for attention, “and he is not going to get it from me”.
MPs allied to President have trained their political guns on Kositany, demanding his removal. Nyeri Town Ngunjiri Wambugu and his Cherang’any counterpart Joshua Kutuny yesterday told the Nation they want the Head of State to remove the Soy MP, whom they accused of going against the party’s ideologies.
Wambugu described Kositany as Ruto‘s mole who was making the claims of graft in the party now when he has been the party’s deputy secretary general since the inception arguing that the claims are meant to undermine the President who is the party leader.
“Kositany has been the deputy secretary general of our party since the inception, that means that the insincerity of what he is saying is clear because he is only making the allegations of the financial impropriety now,” opined Wambugu.
He added: “He is therefore operating a very transparent agenda of the Tangatanga who are after engaging in a hostile take-over of the party and subordinate it to the 2022 ambitions of Deputy President Ruto.”
According to Kutuny, the deputy secretary general should not be allowed to continue to serve and there is a need of the National Executive Council (NEC) to be convened to axe Kositany for spearheading the agenda of another outfit.
“Kositany cannot continue to serve in his current position, he has to be kicked out because he is fighting the party, he has associated himself with Jubilee Asili,” added Kutuny.
He accused Kositany of associating with Jubilee Asili which he said was meant to undermine their party leader Uhuru and it was time he was kicked out. Jubilee Asilii sought and was denied registration as a political party.
But a defiant Kositany promised to forge ahead, daring the Kieleweke team to go ahead with their threat to remove him from the party office.
“Those claiming that I should be removed from my current party position, do they think the people of Soy sent me to Parliament to serve in those positions? I am ready to lose the deputy secretary general post,” declared Kositany.
“We are no longer in the Kanu era where people were being removed from their positions because of questioning the government. Those who want me to be out should just explain to us how party funds are being used,” he added.
The Soy MP questioned why Jubilee Party had no offices in Constituencies across the country when the law required so and women and youth at the grassroots level had to be supported.
“If in Uasin Gishu County which is the home turf of the deputy party leader of Jubilee Party has no party office, then how are these funds which we contribute monthly and other donations, spent?” posed Kositany.
He maintained that he had raised serious issues which can only be responded to with facts and not threats of purging him for his position. He did not find it fit to question why the Deputy President Rutohas never found it fit to put up the ruling party office in Uashin Gishu were he has built a presidential palace of half a billion shillings.
After the removal of Aden Duale as the Majority Leader and Kimani Ichung’wa as Budget Committee chair in the National Assembly, Kositany is the only DP’s ally who still holds a higher position in Jubilee.
Others who have been bitten political dust include: Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet), Susan Kihika (Nakuru) and Ben Washiali (Mumias East).
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