Amani changes name, Mudavadi confident of growth
27 October 2014, 14:48
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.
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
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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.
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.
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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