Now eat hot air! Justina Wamae resigns from Roots Party
By Joshua Cheloti
Justina Wamae is no longer a member of the Roots Party.
Wamae who was the running mate to the party’s presidential candidate Prof. George Wajackoya on Thursday, September 22, 2022, announced that he had resigned from the party.
In a tweet, she said she had voluntarily resigned from the party that gained popularity amongst Kenyans for advocating for the legalization of marijuana.
The Roots Party presidential running mate however hinted that her resignation was connected to the fight for party funding.
She noted that she was facing hostility within the party from some members that thought they would get the share of funds that political parties get.
“A party is NOT entitled to funding if they DO NOT have ELECTED members. The HOSTILITY besides PROJECT was that MIZIZI will benefit from the FUND. I have VOLUNTARILY RESIGNED they can now eat HOT AIR. Watch this space,” Justina Wamae tweeted.
Roots Party did not have any elected leaders in the August 9 poll, which means it will not be eligible to get a share of the funding of political parties.
While announcing her resignation from the party, Wamae also shared a letter from the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties, which confirmed that she was no longer a member of any party.
She also noted that her role as the party’s presidential running mate had lapsed from the time IEBC declared William Ruto winner of the presidential election.
“In this regard, I tender my resignation as a member of Roots Party of Kenya. Kindly accord the ORPP the requirements for my name’s prompt removal from your party register,” Justina Wamae said in a letter dated September 21, 2022.
Wajackoya and his running mate had already split days after the August 9 general election, and the latest move signals an end to one of the popular pairs in the presidential election.
In the August 9 poll, the duo finished third after garnering 61,969 votes.