Kanu sues Ju­bilee Party over colours

‘Sim­i­lar­ity could con­fuse vot­ers’

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics News - JILLO KADIDA @jka­dida

Kanu has filed a suit be­fore the Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties Dis­pute Tri­bunal seek­ing to bar the Ju­bilee Party from us­ing colours it says be­long to it.

In an ur­gent ap­pli­ca­tion filed by lawyer Kiprop Marir­moi, Kanu said the red, black and green colours the Ju­bilee Party is us­ing are its own. The old­est party in the coun­try says the colours will con­fuse vot­ers.

“Un­less re­strain­ing or­ders are is­sued, the in­tegrity of the claimant and the up­com­ing elec­tion will be at risk,” Marir­moi said.

Kanu’s sec­re­tary gen­eral Nick Salat said his party has used red, black and green since its reg­is­tra­tion in 1960.

Kanu in court pa­pers urged the tri­bunal to move with speed be­cause the Ju­bilee Party will launch to­mor­row and bill­boards have al­ready been dis­trib­uted as well as other cam­paign ma­te­ri­als. “If the tri­bunal does not grant, the or­ders sought, the ap­pli­cants main case will be un­rea­son­ably af­fected,” Kanu said.

Yes­ter­day, Kanu’s at­tempts to get a quick re­prieve were thwarted be­cause tri­bunal chair­man Kyalo Mbobu was not around.

The mat­ter was ad­journed to Septem­ber 15.

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