Jubilee Party Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni has asked the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal to suspend a ruling by the Registrar of Political Parties adopting leadership changes.

Before the seven-judge tribunal, via his lawyers, Kioni his suspension and replacement was done without being given a chance to defend himself before the disciplinary committee.

He told the tribunal that the Jubilee Party Disciplinary Committee lacked the mandate to tackle issues to do with him and other top officials of the former ruling political party.

The former Ndaragwa MP opposed the party leadership changes effected by the Jubilee faction headed by EALA MP Kanini Kega and rubberstamped by ORPP boss Anne Nderitu.

But Kega told the tribunal the disciplinary committee he spearheaded had written to Kioni, Vice Chairman David Murathe and National Treasurer Kagwe Gichohi summoning them.

The former Kieni MP insists that Kioni had been given adequate time to defend himself before the committee saying the process was fair and just before a decision was made.

Through his lawyer, Kega insisted that the Kioni faction of the party led by former President Uhuru Kenyatta remains suspended and any action he had taken after February 10 is void.

“Kioni has not challenged the decision of February 10, 2023, so that decision still stands. There's no breach of any Jubilee Party regulation and it is compliant with the Political Parties Act,” argued Kega’s lawyer.

Kioni, who wants the party to remain in Azimio, and Kega, who backs President William Ruto and wants Jubilee to join Kenya Kwanza, have been locking horns with each side taking punitive actions against each other’s faction.