, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 26 – The United Democratic Forum will on Monday hold a special session of its National Governing Council and National Delegates Congress in a bid to find consensus of its leadership tussle.
Party leader Musalia Mudavadi and suspended former national chairman Osman Hassan have been at loggerheads over the control of the party.
The meeting comes after delegates of both party organs petitioned the party following an aborted get-together last Friday.
The NDC which would have ratified the rebranding of the party and removal of the current registered chairman Hassan Osman and his group were cancelled to await outcome of a case before the Political Party Disputes Tribunal.
According to James Azangu Mmbo, who is the Convener appointed by petitioners said the agenda of Monday’s special meeting will be among others discuss the party elections, dispute resolution and other national issues.
The leadership tension played out in the public when Mudavadi’s Private Press Secretary Kibusu Kabatesi said that the disputes committee had cleared Mudavadi as the party leader and barred Osman from the party’s management.
In a swift rejoinder however, Hassan a nominated MP under the party and nominated senator Martha Wangare denied that Mudavadi had been cleared as party leader and accused Kabatesi of misrepresenting facts.
Hassan said UDF’s constitution does not recognize the positions of party leader and deputy party leader; hence Mudavadi and his deputy Jeremiah Kioni are not UDF officials.