Raila Odinga’s Azimio la Umoja party celebrated a significant victory today as High Court Judge Justice Visram Aleem Alnashir dismissed with costs the appeal filed by the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party.

The appeal challenged the formula for the distribution of funds to political parties as determined by the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP).

The ORPP is responsible for overseeing the regulation and financial management of political parties in Kenya. As part of its mandate, the office determines the criteria and formula for allocating funds to political parties from the government’s coffers.

The UDA party, led by President William Ruto, had contested the fairness and legality of the formula set forth by the ORPP.

In his ruling, Justice Visram Aleem Alnashir dismissed UDA’s appeal, upholding the ORPP’s formula for the distribution of funds to political parties. The judge concluded that the ORPP had followed due process and acted within its legal authority in determining the allocation criteria.

The ruling is seen as a significant boost for Raila who has been advocating for unity and socio-economic development.

The allocation of funds plays a crucial role in supporting party activities, such as organizing rallies, conducting grassroots mobilization, and promoting their political agenda.

The dismissal of UDA’s appeal signifies that Raila’s ODM party and other political parties will continue to receive funds according to the ORPP’s established formula.

This decision not only secures the financial resources necessary for parties to operate effectively but also solidifies the ORPP’s authority in determining the allocation criteria.

The ruling by Justice Visram Aleem Alnashir is expected to have broader implications beyond the specific case. It reinforces the authority of the ORPP in overseeing the financial aspects of political parties and sets a precedent for future challenges to the allocation of funds.

ODM has celebrated the legal triumph, saying it is a good move towards strengthening of parties and fostering of democracy.