United Democratic Party (UDF) party leader Musalia Mudavadi and his deputy Jeremiah Kioni during the campaign in the last general elections.
BY SAM ALFAN.
Eleven Members of Parliament elected under United Democratic Party (UDF) ticket has moved to political party’s tribunal seeking to be enjoined in Party dispute pending before the Political Parties Tribunal.
The MPs and one governor from Lamu County, claim that the order obtained by Nairobi branch officials has affected the operations of the Party.
The legislator argues that they cannot hold meetings to discuss party affairs since the order restrains them from calling any party meeting.
The MP’s through their lawyer George Kithi, says the order issued by the tribunal halted the party leader Musalia Mudavidi, Jeremiah Kioni, Petronilla Were and Kassim Sawa from calling any Party meeting which includes National Governing Council and Party Parliamentary Groups.
The Political Party Tribunal also issued the order barring Mudavadi,his deputy Jeremiah Kioni, Petronilla Were and Kassim Sawa from conveying any meeting of the National Governing Council and
National Delegates Congress.
Three UDF Nairobi County officials Wycliffe Oyondi Okeo, Caroline Muthoni Boy and Pauline Achieng Abetto moved to court seeking orders to bar RPP from effecting changes pursuant to the meeting held on October 27.
Tribunal chairman Kyalo Mbobu said pending the hearing and determination of the application the expulsion of Senators Bonny Khalwale (Kakamega), Martha Wangare (nominated) and party chairman
Hassan Osman (nominated) by the party National Delegate Conference should not be effected.
Delegates of UDF on Monday endorsed the expulsion of senators Khalwale and Wangare from the party.
The lawyer told Tribunal member Chacha Odera, that injunction issued on an application by Wycliffee Oyondi Okeo, Caroline Muthoni Boy and Pauline Achieng Abetto have the Party in an awkward situation to the extend that nothing is going on at the Party offices countrywide.
The application that is supported by the affidavits of Alfred Sambu and Roba Duba, says that the order issued on 27 October 2014, the claimants did not disclose the material facts to the members of the tribunal before the injunctive orders were granted.
” The Party cannot convene any meeting of the National Governing Council and National Congress the interest of members of Parliament have been whittled thus several forums of the Party” the MPs says in the suit.
Kithi said that the interim orders that are place have paralyzed the operations of the MPs who sought to be enjoined in the dispute so as to bring the correct position of the Party.
The lawyer submitted that the suspension of the Party National Chairman and the national executive committee officials was within the Party’s constitution has captured under Article 17 of the Party’s statue
The National Delegates Conference (NDC) also approved the expulsion of suspended party chairman Hassan Osman and replaced him with Webuye MP Alfred Sambu.
The application was certified urgent and the Mp’s directed to serve the claimants and the matter be heard inter parties on 20 November 2014.