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UDF says Mudavadi, Kioni were only ceremonial party leaders

30 September 2014, 12:34 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The United Democratic Forum (UDF) party Chairman, Hassan Osman has insisted that his party doesn’t recognize the former presidential aspirant of Amani coalition, Musalia Mudavadi and his Deputy, Jeremiah Kioni as the party’s top leaders.

Osman said Mudavadi is not UDF’s party leader because its Constitution did not have such provision and that he was only given the certificate to vie on it in 2013 general elections.

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“According to our party’s Constitution, the position of Party Leader and the Deputy were not substantively filled. Musalia Mudavadi and Jeremiah Kioni were only ceremonial party leaders,” said Osman.

He asserted that one can verify the party’s leadership from the Registrar of Political Parties, Lucy Ndung’u, who has also declared that both Mudavadi and Kioni have no legal grounds to claim ownership of UDF.

“UDF will not change its name to ANC as pushed by non-official party members and if they persist, then we will follow legal action. They should know UDF was formed in 2011 and Musalia joined the party in 2013 when it had rooted in 30 counties,” said Osman.

The Party chair lashed out Mudavadi’s claims that it was his influence that UDF got massive support across the country.

UDF’s National Treasurer and nominated Senator, Martha Wangari assured the party’s supporters across the country that the party is still intact and in collaboration with the Jubilee government as per the post-election agreement entered.

“We are soon going to convene the National Governing Council to look into UDF’s leadership and we can choose anyone to be the party leader even you (the press) if you have interest in the position,” said Wangari.

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