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Registrar of Political Parties 'playing politics to keep Mudavadi out'

29 September 2014, 21:03 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - United Democratic Front (UDF) party members in the Vihiga County Assembly have accused the Registrar of Political Parties, Lucy Ndung’u, of playing politics to keep Musalia Mudavadi out of the party.

The MCAs said that Mudavadi cannot be a member of the party as claimed by the Registrar as the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) cleared him to vie for Presidency on the party ticket.

“Was IEBC not competent enough to clear Mudavadi to vie for the Presidency on the UDF party if he was not a member of the party and the party leader?” posed UDF Vihiga Chairperson and Shiru ward MCA, Nixon Butiya.

Last week, the Registrar dealt Mudavadi a blow when she said that he and his former running mate Jeremiah Kioni were not on the party’s list of officials, and that they could not rebrand UDF to Amani National Congress (ANC) as it had been registered by another entity.

Speaking to journalists Sunday at a hotel in Mbale, the furious MCAs said they will walk out of UDF and seek another party where they will be recognised and their leader respected if UDF will not act fast.

The County has 25 MCAs elected on UDF party ticket, alongside two MPs and Senator.

Read Also: Registrar: Mudavadi, Kioni aren't UDF party officials

Vihiga Leader of Majority, Andrew Ahuga said that they are further going to mobilise members of the party at the grassroots level not to submit their monthly pay if Hassan Osman continues holding the party at ransom.

“It is worrying when we pay dearly every other month to sustain the party and some of us are life members, and then we are told our party leader is not a member of the party and that he cannot handle issues appertaining to the party,” said Ahuga.

The MCAs have further claimed that United Republican Party (URP) is behind the woes bedeviling their party leader Musalia Mudavadi.  

“There are allegations that Hassan wants to auction our party to URP. There has been mismanagement and fraudulent use of funds from the party’s coffers which we are not going to accept anymore,” he said.

They said that the leaders at Vihiga are victims of ineptitude and failure to sign minutes of a National Executive Council meeting that endorsed the interim branch officials, for the County forwarded by the branch more than six months ago.

“The process to rescue and revive the party at branch level was unanimous by leaders from all wards and representation categories in the County. Endorsement by the NEC was overwhelming and we trust that the NEC has the power and authority within the party constitution to make crucial decisions for the party’s well being,” said Ahuga.

They said that a national party cannot be held ransom by one interim individual, yet the bonafide leaders who were constitutionally endorsed by the National Delegates Commission are on the sidelines.  

They further said that Hassan had been bought out of the rebranding of the party, and thus the reason for the numerous dormant decisions in the party which have been endorsed by the NEC which are aimed at growing UDF as a national party, which Hassan has failed to endorse.

Mudavadi suffered a blow after Ndung’u declined his request to have the party name changed to Amani National Congress.

Musalia Mudavadi has been barred by the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal from interfering with the activities of the party where he is boss.

The tribunal has also prohibited the registrar of Political Parties, Lucy Ndung’u, from acting upon and effecting, or recognising a list of new United Democratic Front (UDF) party officials that was forwarded to her by Mudavadi.

Mudavadi announced on September 17 that the changes in the National Executive Committee were in preparation for 2017 elections.

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