Mudavadi: Discipline in political parties is not intolerance
03 November 2014, 16:09
Vihiga - Former Deputy Prime Minister, Musalia Mudavadi has said that discipline in political parties is lawful.
Mudavadi said enforcing party discipline should not be mistaken for intolerance adding that it would mean the Constitution, Elections Act and Political Parties Act are useless pieces of paper.
He said that the hiccups in UDF are normal and will be resolved as they have experienced such in the past.
“There are those of us who want to reform the party and prepare it for the next elections. There are others who want the status quo to be maintained including officials staying in office in perpetuity without facing elections. They are living the illusion that officials own parties. We are on opposite sides of pro-change and anti-change agents,” he said.
Mudavadi said that the Constitution and Political Parties Act give members the final say in party matters which some officials refuse to accept.
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He emphasised that the party must grow by including divergent voices of members in decision-making.
“You cannot deny MPs and MCAs a say in party decisions yet they constitute the majority officials and belong to recognised party organs. The days when an individual or a group owned parties are over,” he noted.
Mudavadi said some elected and nominated members have voluntarily and publicly resigned from UDF because the law is clear that any member of a political party who in anyway or manner publicly advocates and promotes the interests and policies of another political party is deemed to have resigned from the previous party.
He decried selective condemnation of UDF disciplinary measures while condoning the same in other parties, but added that it shows a reformed UDF is a threat to many.
This came even as one of the party members who was proposed for a recall from the county assembly accused Mudavadi and his cohorts of personalising UDF party instead of representing national voices.
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Nathan Kamidi, the Secretary General of UDF party in Vihiga County who is among those termed to as rebels, said that the people who are following Mudavadi fear people who can think critically.
“Mudavadi failed to handle issues that appertained the party in Vihiga. How can he then say he is ironing the party for a national look?” Kamidi posed.
He accused MCAs in Vihiga who are allied to UDF of blindly following the happenings in the party for fear of being recalled and for their personal gains.
He said he was still the Secretary General of the party in the county and that those officials who were elected are acting illegally.
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