Garissa Township Member of Parliament Aden Duale has asked the ruling Jubilee Party to settle debts worth millions owed to late Kalembe Ndile’s Tip Tip party.
Tip Tip was among fourteen political parties that merged to form Jubilee after the ruling party’s leaders contracted the late Kibwezi MP party to drum up support for Jubilee in Ukambani during the 2017 campaigns.
The former Majority Leader while speaking in Parliament stated that Jubilee is obligated to pay the amount as it won the elections and formed a government.
Duale revealed that the late MP used to confide in him how the President Uhuru Kenyatta-led party sat on the millions after Tip Tip was folded to join Jubilee.
“He used to meet us in functions and his complaints were of Jubilee sitting on his six million,” Duale said.
Duale directed Jubilee Party Majority Leader Amos Kimunya and the Party Whip Emmanuel Wangwe to pick the debit note and make sure they delivered the Ksh. 6 million owed to Kalembe Ndile by the ruling party.
However, Duale’s request was disputed by Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Minority Leader John Mbadi who asked if Duale was implying that Kenyan taxpayers’ money should be used to settle debts that are owed by political parties or friends of political parties.
Duale’s call was contested by Minority Leader John Mbadi who differed with the idea of involving Kenyans in a political negotiation by political parties.
Mbadi went on to liken the idea to bribing as he argued that his party had merged and disintegrated severally and had not witnessed such.
Kalembe Ndile had earlier cried foul claiming that he was being discriminated against arguing that the politicians with whom he joined Jubilee were awarded nomination slots in Parliament.
He said that they were all promised Ksh. 30 million to mobilize their people.
He added that other parties were given the monies but our party was only given Ksh. 600,000 with the promise of the remainder being disbursed later.
Kalembe at the time stated that his party did not benefit despite working hard to mobilize our people to support the party.
Kalembe died on Sunday 30 May this year and will be buried on Friday11 June, at his rural home in Mbui Nzau, Makueni County.