October 23rd 2017

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Makali resigns from LPK throwing his bid for Bungoma senate seat in confusion

Makali, however did not name the party through which he would be using after ditching LPK. "I thank you for the chance to do what we did and for your support in rebuilding and re-branding the party during the six months period I served," he said.

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 20 Mar 2017 15:25 EAT

Makali's letter of resignation

Politician and Media commentator David Makali has today resigned from being a member and secretary general of Labour Party of Kenya. Makali who is eying the Bungoma Senator seat held by Ford Kenya leader and Leader of minority in the Senate Moses Wetang'ula, submitted his resignation letter to LPK chairperson Julia Ojiambo.

Makali, however did not name the party through which he would be using after ditching LPK. "I thank you for the chance to do what we did and for your support in rebuilding and re-branding the party during the six months period I served," he said. "I wish you and the party success in your future endeavours," he continued, adding he will be available to assist with the transition.

Makali has been battling with LPK Leader and Bundalagi MP Ababu Namwamba over suspicious deals that led the latter expelled from the party. Namwamba initiated a move that saw Makali kicked out of the party over links with Opposition leader Raila Odinga. He reportedly told the party's NEC meeting that he has had several meetings with Raila who indicated his willingness to work with former ally Namwamba.

And on March 4, the politician said Namwamba was a stranger to the party and only wanted to use it to make quick cash. The Political Parties Tribunal barred Namwamba from conducting activities for Labour Party of Kenya, which he relaunched last September to unite Luhyas and fully represent them.

But the Budalang'i MP accused political amateurs from ODM of trying to oust him as the party's leader. He said he was still a full member of LPK despite the tribunal's ruling that effectively left him party-less. Kenyans lately have witnessed monumental defections as politicians seek soft landing to be on the ballot box during the August 8 General elections.

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