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Monday, 18 Sep 2017 16:49 EAT
The legal battle in Party of National Unity (PNU) pitting former Meru Governor Peter Munya and party officials has been re-ignited following a deal the former governor made with President Kenyatta State House last week.
The deal saw Munya reinstated as the Party leader by IEBC last Friday, with the Registrar of Political Parties Lucy Ndung’u canceling an earlier Gazette Notice which removed Munya from the party leadership.
However, today, PNU chairman John Kamama and other party National Executive Committee members rubbished the decision by Ms Ndungu, whom they accused of abusing the powers of her office by confirming Munya as the party leader contrary to her own very clear communication on the subject in August.
Addressing a Press Conference at Meridian Hotel, Mr Kamama declared that the party leadership remains as it was Gazetted on August 16 and published on Friday August 25, which confirmed former President Mwai Kibaki as the Party Leader and thereby removing Munya and his team.
“We were surprised to learn that the Registrar of Political Parties has cancelled the earlier gazette notice and returned the former Meru governor as the PNU Leader.
“This is unacceptable and the Party Disciplinary Committee is going to summon Munya to show cause why action should not be taken against him”, he said.
He at the same time hit out at John Anunda, the party's former Secretary General whom he claimed had continued to "purport to perform duties" of the office while in actual fact he was removed after he joined the Munya camp.
Mr Kamama, however, confirmed that the party mechanism had accepted Mr Munya to contest for Meru gubernatorial seat using PNU, where he lost to former Senator Kiraitu Murungi.
“I want to tell Munya that he will not be allowed to contest for any seat on PNU come 2022 general elections”, he said.
He declared that the party was ready to fight the reinstatement of the gazette Notice which Ms Ndung’u published on August 25, 2017 which gave the bona fide PNU officials including Kibaki (Party Leader) him as chairman, Irene Muronji (1st Vice chairperson), Paul Amayo (2nd Vice chairperson), John Anunda (Secretary General), Alphonse Musyoki (Organising Secretary), Mwajuma Rajab (Secretary, Finance), Genery Wando (Deputy Treasurer), Anna Chebet (Director of Elections), Prisca Mwita (National Women Chairperson), Beatrice Cherono (National Youth Chairperson) and Agnes Toya (NEC member).
Ms Ndung’u had stated in that Notice that the change of PNU leadership follows a judgment by the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal delivered on June 20, 2017, which indicated that “the officials of the interested party in office as at 27 October, 2016 remain the bona fide office bearers of the interested party until a proper general meeting is held to elect national officials".
“Any person with written submissions concerning the intended changes by the political party shall within seven days deposit them with the Registrar of Political Parties,” the notice reads.