ODM K elects new leaders

November 29, 2008 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, November 29 – ODM Kenya’s top party hierarchy converged in Nairobi on Saturday and endorsed a list of leaders crafted by the National Executive Council during the party’s National Delegates Conference (NDC).

The party also adopted its amended constitution as the race to comply with all the provisions of the Political Parties Act intensified.

Party leader and Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka however failed to nominate his deputy, to replace nominated MP Julia Ojiambo, without giving reason.

"I thank all of you for a job well done. You have remained truthful and steadfast in your membership and leadership in the party,” Mr Kalonzo told the delegates.

Samuel Poghisio was appointed Party Chairman, while Bahari MP Joe Khamisi, David Musila, Francis Chahonyo and Peris Tobiko were elected as the four Vice Chairmen. Mutula Kilonzo retained his post as the Secretary General, Lukas Maitha was rewarded with the Organising Secretary’s position while Abdi Sasura was given the Treasurer’s post.

The party however left a total of 14 secretaries’ seats vacant in anticipation of coalition building with smaller parties. Mr Kilonzo said the party would fill the vacant posts after deliberations.

“We have endorsed a constitution that requires coalition making,” he said.

The party is expected to seek ratification from the registrar of political parties.

DP became the fourth party to apply for registration on Friday after the Labour Party of Kenya, Harun Mwau’s PICK and Justice Minister Martha Karua’s Narc Kenya.

The Orange Democratic Movement and the Party of National Unity are scheduled to have their NDCs mid next month before they follow suit.

Section 44 of the Act allows parties to continue existing once they have lodged their applications.

Once registered, parties will be expected to submit a declaration of assets and liabilities within 60 days.

The Act demands that a party must have at least 200 members – who are registered voters – in each of the 148 districts countrywide. In addition, the party must have national headquarters and offices in every district.

They are also required to pay a Sh500,000 registration fee besides having a national outlook with a third of officials being of an opposite gender.


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