Acid test for PNU over poll plan

September 10, 2008 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, September 10 – The Party of National Unity (PNU) Wednesday faced further divisions after three of its main affiliates threatened to take action should the party go ahead with planned grassroots elections next month.

The Democratic Party of Kenya (DP), SAFINA and Narc Kenya accused PNU of violating the Memorandum of Association agreed on by the seven main affiliate parties after resolving to accept corporate and individual membership.

DP Secretary General Wilfred Machage termed the elections and membership recruitment ‘a scam.’

“The current amended PNU constitution is a fraud for PNU affiliate parties, and those who are fronting the said document are using the name of the President to perpetrate the fraud,” he said.

Machage further criticised the Registrar of Political Parties for giving PNU a go ahead to include individual and corporate membership without looking at the party constitution which defines it as ‘a party of parties.’

He stressed that PNU should recognise them (affiliate parties) and stop undermining their support for the government and for the president.

“We are by right signatories to the PNU coalition agreement and we are in government by right and as such expect to be consulted on all major decisions and in allocation of all positions as per the terms of agreement,” he emphasised.

The three parties urged their members not to participate in the elections planned for October 12 and vowed to withdraw their support – including backing in Parliament – should the elections go ahead.

Narc Kenya chairlady Martha Karua said, “let them go on with the elections, but watch our steps.”

She also accused a clique of PNU leaders of going against the MOU.

Karua said her party would hold its own elections on November 15 and was making efforts to strengthen its structures to conform to the Political Parties Act.

But members of PNU, ODM Kenya and KANU held a closed door meeting and vowed to go on with the planned elections with or without other affiliate parties.  They also said they would continue with individual and corporate membership.


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