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Sunday, 25 Jun 2017 17:21 EAT
Meru Governor Peter Munya is no longer the Leader of Party of National Unity (PNU) after the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal (PPDT) nullified the party’s top organ meeting which ratified his party takeover in October 2016.
Mr Munya and his team where given seven days after the Tuesday ruling to vacate PNU offices forthwith and hand over the governance instruments to the bona fide officials of the party. Tomorrow, Monday 26th June, 2017 marks the end of the seven day notice by PPDT.
“That the joint meeting of the National Delegates Convention (NDC) and National Governing Council (NGC) held on 28th October, 2016 be and is hereby declared null and void for lack of the requisite quorum as mandated by the interested party’s constitution.
“That all resolutions passed during the NDC and NGC meeting are hereby declared illegal, null and void”, said the ruling by PPDT. The ruling was signed on 20th, June 2017 by Chairperson Mr Kyalo Mbobu, Members Mr Hassan Abdi and Mr James Atema.
Consequently, the tribunal reinstated the party officials as at 27th October, 2016, saying they are the bona fide office bearers until a proper general meeting of PNU delegates is held to elect its national office bearers.
“That the notice in the Daily Nation newspaper dated 8th September 2016 purporting to convene a joint meeting of the Interested Party’s National Delegates Convention and National Governing Council meeting be and is hereby declared defective, irregular and ultra vires the Interested Party’s constitution”, the ruling further declared.
PPDT also declared null and void and of no effect in law, the Gazette Notice No 3956 (Special issue No. 52 Vol. CX1X) dated 21st April 2017 which ratified Mr Munya and his new team of PNU.
The ruling followed a petition to PPDT on 23rd March 2017 filed by former Machakos Member of Parliament Mr Alphonse Mbinda Musyoki who was the PNU organizing secretary before Mr Munya made changes in the party leadership.
In his petition, Mr Musyoki said he was the Bona fide elected National Organizing Secretary and a Member number PNU0241122 of the Interested Party. He said the top party officials, him included did not convene or participate in the purported NDC and NGC, Mr Munya held that ratified him as the party leader.
Mr Musyoki said that party Secretary General Mr John Okenwa Anunda had written a letter dated July 18, 2016 addressed to the National Executive Committee to discuss urgent matters. He said the purported invite to the NEC by Mr Anunda had not been approved by top party officials.
The complainant told the tribunal neither he nor majority of NEC members including the National Chairman John Kamama Mbugua received an invitation. He said the meeting took place with only 13 people in attendance who included strangers.
Speaking to Kenya Free Press earlier today, Mr Musyoki said they will decide what action to take after the lapse of the seven day notice given to Mr Munya and his team to vacate PNU offices.
“Mr Munya is no longer the PNU leader and therefore should obey the orders of the PPDT. The party will decide what action to take on him and his team after the seven day notice given by PPDT is over on Monday 26, June", he said.