, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 22 – The Political Parties Dispute Tribunal (PPDT) has ordered officials of the Party of National Unity (PNU) purported to have been elected on October 28, 2016 to vacate office within a period of seven days.
The tribunal issued the orders Thursday after it found that the officials were not properly elected as provided under the PNU Constitution.
In a judgment delivered by the tribunal’s Chairperson Kyalo Mbobu and two other members – Hassan Abdi and James Atema – the meeting of the National Delegates Convention that purported to elect new officials lacked the requisite quorum.
Mbobu said that the tribunal did hold complaints raised by the Party’s National Organising Secretary Alphone Musyoki to the effect that bonafide officials were not consulted over the delegates meeting.
The tribunal declared the resolutions passed in the meeting as illegal, null and void.
“The officials of PNU who were in office as at October 27, 2016 remain bonafide office bearers of the party until a proper general meeting is held,” the PPDT Chairperson said.
Musyoki had lodged a complaint with PPDT on March 27, 2017, saying that party Secretary General John Okenwa Anunda had written a letter dated July 18, 2016 addressed to the National Executive Committee to discuss urgent matters.
He said the purported invite to the NEC by Anunda had not been approved by top party officials.
The complainant told the tribunal neither he nor majority of members NEC including the National Chairman John Kamama Mbugua received an invitation.
He said the meeting took place with only 13 people in attendance who included strangers.