Mudavadi move illegal, expelled UDF leaders claim
27 October 2014, 19:00
Nairobi - Leaders expelled from the United Democratic Front UDF party have said that the decisions are illegal and that they will consider them null and void.
They say that decisions by the purported National Executive Council NEC meeting Monday are illegal as they were bound by a court order.
The party announced changes to its top brass, with executive chairman Hassan Osman shown the door as well as other leaders deemed against the party like Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale and Nominated Senator Martha Wangari.
Wangari though, says that the decision is illegal as there was a court order restraining any NEC meeting taking place.
" Its illegal and does not hold water, she claimed in Nairobi Monday.
" One cannot just wake up one morning, pick people from the streets and purport to call them officials and do an official meeting; you cannot do that. You have to follow due procedure and the law," she added.
She also said she would fight for the party to the end, saying that party leader Musalia Mudavadi was not the real custodian of the party.
" This party is owned by these members who they may not necessarily have big names. We were here from the start and we will not let the party be taken over by individuals with selfish interests, she added.
In a move executed during the special session, the party threw out Osman and appointed Kassim Tandaza in his position. 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.
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Mudavadi remains the overall party leader with his running mate during the March 2013 elections Jeremiah Kioni remaining the deputy party leader.
Mudavadi had insisted that reports of him not being in-charge at the party were false and that he was still the party leader.
" I am still in-charge here and reports that I am not will soon be dispelled, he said prior to the NEC meeting.
Osman had previously been accused of causing confusion in the party and trying to engineer Mudavadi's exit and demise. He is expected to make a statement on his exit in the coming days.
Other appointments to the party top brass were, Justus Kizito as Secretary General, with Abdullahi Maimuma his deputy.
Former MP Nderitu Murithi is the new treasurer.
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