September 19th 2017

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Crisis in PNU as High Court suspends nominations over party ownership row

The fate of Mr Munya and other PNU officials will be known Monday before Justice G.V. Odunga after the Applicants in the urgent matter ruled on yesterday were directed to forthwith serve the ex-parte Applicants in the main case and Respondents which (Registrar of Political Parties) with the order.

By Phillip MuleeSaturday, 22 Apr 2017 15:17 EAT

A snapshot of the ruling obtained by this website.

Meru Governor Peter Munya has suffered a political blow after the High Court in Nairobi suspended Party of National Unity (PNU) primaries scheduled for today and Monday next week. High Court Judge Roselyne Aburili yesterday evening stopped the exercise in an urgent application filed by Mwajuma Rajab Abdallah and Irene Muronji Kopi, who have claimed that the PNU primaries have been planned by persons who are not genuine party officials.

The two through lawyer Jackson Onyango Awele told the court that the party had last October purported to hold elections of officials in a manner which was against its constitution and the Political Parties Act. The party's chairman John Kamama and other officials then accused Governor Munya of using 'fake delegates' who endorsed him to the position of PNU party leader.

The party officials then in office say they were not consulted when the elections were held, and they challenged the election of the new officials before the Political Parties Tribunal. However, Mr Munya and his new officials proceeded to the high court and obtained orders stopping their removal from office pending the outcome of an application they had filed to compel the Register of Political Parties to gazette them as the new officials of PNU.

According to lawyer Onyango, the orders stopping the party primaries were necessary to enable the court determine with finality, who are the genuine party officials. “The officials elected last year, and who are holding office on the basis of a temporary order they had obtained, would have presided over the nomination process of the party which process will eventually be nullified after full hearing of the matter and therefore put the party in a very absurd situation,” the lawyer told the court.

Mr Munya’s fate and those of other PNU officials will be known on Monday before Justice G.V. Odunga after the Applicants in the urgent matter ruled on yesterday were directed to forthwith serve the ex-parte Applicants in the main case and the Respondents which is the Registrar of Political Parties, with the order.

This website had exclusively reported that Mr Munya’s re-election bid on the PNU ticket could be scuttled if the High Court ruled in favour of disgruntled PNU officials who accuse the governor of using fake delegates to endorse him into his position of PNU party leader. 

That article quoted PNU Organizing Secretary Alfonse Musyoki calling Mr Munya an ‘imposter’ in the party and said that if their pyayers were granted by the court, then PNU would return to its owners. 

“Governor Munya picked and transported people from Meru as well as hiring others in Nairobi to purport to be PNU delegates who participated in an illegal Party Delegate’s Conference”, said Mr Musyoki, who is also a former Machakos Town MP.

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