Expelled UDF senator Wangari says Mudavadi has no powers to fire her
Nominated UDF senator Martha Wangari has rubbished the move by her party UDF to fire her, terming it illegal.
Wangari said only the chairman and the secretary general has the power to convene an NDC meeting and not people “picked from the streets.”
“We will hold a party NEC meeting tomorrow to make known our position as a party,” she said.
The United Democratic Front under former presidential aspirant Musalia Mudavadi made a raft of changes to the party during its National Delegates Conference, that include expulsion of rebel members and a proposed change of name.
The party, that could change names to Amani National Congress, has resolved to remove from within its ranks Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale, nominated senator Martha Wangari and the ousted party chairman Hassan Osman.
The NDC has said the expulsions are a first step towards rebranding the party ahead of the 2017 general elections. The council also voted for Mudavadi and Kioni as the party leader and the deputy party leader. The party added that the three were expelled because of their noncompliance to the party’s principles.
Khalwale who has been cosying up to the opposition alliance Cord, has dismissed the move terming it a diversionary tactic.
“I am keenly observing what is unfolding in UDF, its diversionary. I choose to remain steadfast in my quest for a better Kenya,” Khalwale said on his Twitter account.
The changes have been endorsed by the NDC and the National Governing Council after the governing bodies failed to meet on October 24 when the NDC had initially been planned.
Even with the decisions coming from the meeting, the party could be held in contempt of proceedings by a parties disputes tribunal that is hearing the matter of the party’s contested leadership.
The parties tribunal declined to excuse itself from proceedings bedeviling the party on grounds that it lacks jurisdiction following an application by Mudavadi.
The tribunal ruled that it has jurisdiction to hear and determine the dispute filed before it by the National Executive Council members.
The chairman of the tribunal Kyalo Mbuba and the vice Chacha Odera said the application by Mudavadi challenging their jurisdiction lacked merit as they were acting on a decision made by the registrar of Political Parties Lucy Ndungu.