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Khalwale risks punishment for supporting referendum

16 September 2014, 08:20 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The United Democratic Forum (UDF) party has opposed the referendum calls by the opposition and a section of governors, saying it is not the right time and that the government should be given ample time to deliver its manifesto.

UDF’s chairman, Hassan Osman said the National Executive Committee (NEC) has agreed that all elected members on the party’s ticket will not support the push for referendum lest they risk disciplinary action.

“UDF signed an agreement with Jubilee and support the government’s move on referendum. We also don’t support it and the party’s members and elected leaders including the Members of County Assemblies should know is a waste of time,” said Osman.

He asserted that talks are underway by the party’s NEC regarding disciplinary measures against rebel members including the Kakamega Senator, Bonny Khalwale, who have defied UDF’s stand and joined other parties pushing for referendum.   

“Party rebels should know that once NEC agrees on the disciplinary measures as per its constitution, then appropriate action will be undertaken,” said Osman.

However, Osman lashed out reports by some print media saying UDF is rebranding to Amani National Congress (ANC) as propaganda being spread by some people purporting to be its members.

“The NEC members of the party would like to reiterate in no uncertain terms that we are not aware of any rebranding and/or changing the name UDF party to anything else and any allegation to the contrary is false and only exist in the figment of the imagination of those who are perpetuating such falsehood,” said Osman.

He challenged those intending to form a party of their own to go ahead and create but must stop using unprocedural ways of trying to take over other people’s parties.

“UDF is a national party that has representation across the whole country. Those who want to form their own party should stop using primitive and archaic tactics to try and acquire parties that have taken much sacrifice of its members to create and sustain,” said Osman.

He revealed that the formation of the alleged ANC is being pushed by some Amani coalition partners especially in western who are drawn from New-Ford Kenya party of Eugene Wamalwa in preparation for the 2017 general elections.

Osman called on the party’s members across the country to ignore the created anxiety of UDF’s rebranding and assured that the party is still intact and that they will be involved in any decision-making.

“All our members across the country should be assured that their party is intact and safe from any illegal takeover and changeover by anybody and that the NEC will never allow any changes to the party without the consent of its members and in complete compliance with the rules and the constitution of the party,” assured Osman.

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Osman’s sentiments comes just a few weeks after some selected members of Amani coalition from western region who included the New-Ford Kenya party leader, Eugene Wamalwa, former National Assembly Speaker, Kenneth Marende, KADU’s party leader, Cyrus Jirongo and allegedly Musalia Mudavadi, convened a meeting in Naivasha to look into their push for Luhya unity agenda ahead of 2017 elections.

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