Jubilee MPs seeking to join President William Ruto's camp have suffered a blow after the registrar of political parties declined to grant their request.
Registrar Anne Nderitu in a communication to the MPs who sought her approval for their exit from Azimio asked the group to follow the due process of the law in exiting the coalition.
Nderitu told the group that they were bound by an agreement whose dictates they ought to follow.
"Concerning exiting from the coalition political party, kindly observe the provisions of the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Alliance coalition agreement and the role of respective party organs," Nderitu said in a letter seen by Nairobi Leo.
Any party seeking to leave Azimio must do so 90 days after a general election and six months before the general election.
This now means that the Jubilee MPs seeking exit are within the legal framework of the agreement.
However, the due process of exiting the coalition is a mountain to climb as the group will have to face the Azimio council for the approval to be granted.
This means that the council, which is chaired by former President Uhuru Kenyatta-the Jubilee Party leader-will have a say in any move by a partner party to exit Azimio.
The Jubilee MPs recently met President William Ruto during which they declared their allegiance to the ruling coalition and revealed plans to quit Azimio.