THE Judiciary

Political Parties Disputes Tribunal

The Political Parties Disputes Tribunal (PPDT) is an independent quasi-judicial body with the mandate of resolving disputes arising from political parties’ activities.

In addition to resolving disputes, the PPDT works closely with other stakeholders in the political process (registered political parties, the Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission, the Registrar of Political Parties and the Political Parties Liaison Committee) to promote issue-based politics and people-centered democracy in Kenya.


Establishment and Composition

The Tribunal was established under Section 39 of the Political Parties 2011 to fairly and expeditiously resolve disputes arising from political parties’ activities. It was initially established under the Political Parties Act 2007 which was repealed by the 2011 Act. The PPDT is an independent tribunal in line with Article 169 (1)(d) of the Constitution and falls under the auspices of the Judiciary.


The Tribunal consists of a Chairperson and four other Members, all appointed by the Judicial Service Commission. The Chairperson should have the same qualifications as a Judge of the High Court while one of the four members should be an Advocate of the High Court of five years standing.


The Chairperson and members of the Tribunal serve on part-time basis and hold office for a non-renewable term of six years.



Under Section 40 of the Political Parties Act 2011, the Tribunal is mandated to adjudicate on the following types of disputes:

  1. disputes between the members of a political party;
  2. disputes between a member of a political party and a political party;
  3. disputes between political parties;
  4. disputes between an independent candidate and a political party;
  5. disputes between coalition partners; and
  6. appeals from decisions of the Registrar under the Political Parties Act 2011.


A complaint may be lodged with the Tribunal on any of the above-mentioned disputes at the PPDT Registry at the High Court Building in Nairobi (Milimani Law Courts). For further information on how to file a complaint please visit the PPDT website

Current Members

Mr. Kyalo Mbobu (Chairperson) is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Kenya Branch). He is the managing partner of Kyalo & Associates Advocates, a Nairobi-based law firm.

Mr. James Atema (Member) is a qualified development manager, policy analyst, governance specialist, and development evaluation specialist.

Mr. Paul Ngotho (Member) is a Chartered Arbitrator, Chartered Surveyor, Registered Valuer and Registered Estate Agent with experience in Kenya and the United Kingdom. He is the CEO of Ngotho Property Consultants, a firm which offers Alternative Dispute Resolution, Training and Property Consultancy services.

Open Positons - There are two openings for Members of the Tribunal to be filled by the Judicial Service Commission in due course.


Mrs. T. N. Estambale



Political Parties Disputes Tribunal

Milimani Law Courts, Room No. 31

P.O. Box 30041-00100



Cellphone: 0734 010 731


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