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Amani changes name, Mudavadi confident of growth

27 October 2014, 14:48 William Korir

Nairobi - The United Democratic Front UDF has changed its name in a ploy to move past wrangles that have plagued the party leadership.

The UDF will now be called the Amani National Congress ANC from now henceforth.

This came to light during a National Executive Council meeting in Nairobi Monday where the party elected to have the changes, as well as expel a number of leaders said to be dissenting.

Mudavadi, who chaired the meeting, said that the party was seeking a new start so as to start planning ahead for future engagements.

" We have made the changes because we feel that this party needs a new face and new leadership that will lift us forward," he said Monday during the national delegates conference.

He also insisted that despite opinion, the party was headed in the right direction and was very relevant.

" I think that we are relevant and still have a huge role to play in building the country. Yes, we are charting a way forward and we are sure things will work out fine," he added.

Former Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi has wrestled back control of the United Democratic Front UDF, in the process kicking out Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale and executive chairman Hassan Osman.

UDF has of late been embroiled in a leadership struggle, with some party members claiming he was just a ceremonial leader and not the real party custodian.

Read also : Is Wanjiru planning to join Jubilee after ditching ODM?

But in a move executed during a special National Executive Council meeting in Nairobi Monday, the party threw out Osman and appointed Kassim Tandaza.

Yare Mohammed and Jane Ngare will deputize him.

Khalwale was also kicked out for not adhering to party rules and more of less supporting the CORD coalition as compared to the Amani, of which the UDF is a part.

UDF says that Khalwale has gone against party protocol in his support for a referendum and other radical changes that the UDF is not party to.

Mudavadi remains the overall party leader with his running mate during the March 2013 elections Jeremiah Kioni remaining the deputy party leader.

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