Jubilee Party of Kenya, which is one of the former largest political parties in Kenya, has been plagued by leadership wrangles and internal disputes for several years.
The leadership wrangles are mainly between two factions of the party one led by secretary generak Jeremiah Kioni and the other faction led by Kanini Kega.
The leadership wrangles have had a negative impact on the party, including the loss of key members and the erosion of public confidence.
The disputes have also affected the party’s ability to effectively govern and deliver on its campaign promises. However, efforts have been made to reconcile the warring factions, and there have been calls for the party to focus on uniting its members ahead of the next general election.
There has been rumours that the national executive committee is seeking to impeach former president Uhuru Kenyatta as its party leader.
This has drawn a lot of critics from different political players. In Kenya, political party leaders can be impeached through a process outlined in the Political Parties Act, 2011.
The Act provides for the procedure for the removal of a political party leader on various grounds, including gross misconduct, violation of the party constitution, or any other law governing political parties in the country.
The impeachment process is initiated by a written petition signed by at least 20% of the members of the political party. The petition is then submitted to the party’s national governing body or the national executive committee, which then determines whether the petition meets the threshold for impeachment.
If the petition is deemed valid, the party’s national governing body or the national executive committee must appoint a disciplinary committee to investigate the allegations against the party leader. The disciplinary committee must provide the party leader with a written notice of the allegations and an opportunity to respond to them.
After conducting the investigation, the disciplinary committee must make a recommendation to the party’s national governing body or the national executive committee on whether the party leader should be impeached. The decision to impeach the party leader must be made by a two-thirds majority vote of the party’s national governing body or the national executive committee.
If the party leader is impeached, the Political Parties Act provides for the procedure to elect a new party leader. The Act requires that a special general meeting of the political party be convened within 45 days of the impeachment to elect a new party leader.
It’s worth noting that the impeachment process may differ slightly from party to party, as the Political Parties Act only provides the basic framework for the removal of political party leaders. Each political party has its own constitution and rules that govern their internal affairs, including the process of impeaching a party leader.