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Tribunal dismisses case to kick out CCU party leader

03 February 2015, 09:39 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Wavinya Ndeti still remains the leader of Chama Cha Uzalendo (CCU) party after a Dispute Resolution Tribunal dismissed an application to oust her.

The former CCU Chairman, Maur Bwanamaka and Veronicah Mativo, a nominated Machakos County MCA who purportedly transacted as the party’s treasurer, took Ndeti to court following their expulsion by the National Executive Council after dishonoring its summonses to account for about KES 1.9 million.

The Dispute Resolution Tribunal panel made up of Kyalo Mbobu, Chacha Odera, James Atema and Rev. Jessie Mutura in their ruling said the applicants’ complaints lacked substantial reasons for removal of the party leader.

“The upshot and consequence of this is that this Tribunal finds that it has no jurisdiction to entertain the present complaint. It must and does hereby down its tools,” reads the ruling.

“No useful purpose shall be served by proceeding further with this claim as filed. In the circumstances, we uphold the preliminary objection and dismiss this claim,” it goes on.

The panel also dismissed the application because the applicants had not exhausted the party’s Article 24 of Constitution on dispute resolutions mechanisms before filing the complaint.

Ndeti, who contested for the Machakos gubernatorial seat in the 2013 general elections, maintained that she is CCU’s legal party leader, bearing its goals and working towards the party’s nationwide growth ahead of 2017 elections.

“There are people who went to court to try and remove me as CCU party leader. I want to tell them sorry because the case was thrown out and they should know that I am the CCU party leader. They should respect the party and stop misusing the party’s funds for their own benefit,” warned Ndeti.

She vowed not to allow external forces to disorganize CCU and said party members planning for her replacement should be investigated for misusing the party’s funds.

Ndeti, who is also the Chairperson of Political Parties Liaison Committee, urged all leaders in the country to embrace peace and unity for realization of development and prosperity.

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 The CCU party leader challenged the Machakos Governor, Alfred Mutua to ensure the county’s funds and resources are well-managed for the benefit of all residents without discrimination.

“I want to kindly tell Governor Mutua that he must utilize the resources of Machakos County well. If money is collected, we must see where it goes because that is not his personal money but it belongs to residents of Machakos,” said Ndeti.

The CCU Secretary General, Sadjah Philippe who had accompanied Ndeti at   burial ceremony in Machakos on weekend lashed out at Machakos Town MP, Victor Munyaka for initiating the process of removing her from the party leadership. He maintained that Ndeti remains the party leader until party elections are held.

Sadjah asked Mutua to address the rising corruption and mismanagement of resources by his government or else prepare to lose the gubernatorial position to Ndeti come 2017.

“As CCU party, we are ready to take up the leadership of Machakos County come 2017 if governor Mutua fails to address the issues affecting the residents,” said Sadjah.

“Wavinya Ndeti is capable of leading this county to prosperity and we are planning a comeback in 2017 elections to capture the gubernatorial seat,” he added.

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