I’ve no power to re­move Ma­gara as PDP chair­man, says Ndung’u

Reg­is­trar says the pro­ce­dure and process of chang­ing a po­lit­i­cal party’s of­fi­cial is out­lined in Sec­tion 20 of the Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties Act, 2011

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - SUSAN MUHINDI @TheS­tarKenya

Reg­is­trar of Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties Lucy Ndung’u has said she does not have the power and man­dates to dereg­is­ter for­mer MP Omingo Ma­gara as the Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party leader.

She said un­der law, pub­lic of­fi­cers shall not hold po­lit­i­cal of­fices. The pro­ce­dure and process of chang­ing a po­lit­i­cal party’s of­fi­cial is out­lined in Sec­tion 20 of the Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties Act, 2011, Ndung’u said.

She was re­spond­ing to a suit filed by Hezron Obaga. She said her role is only to pub­lish the changes when sub­mit­ted by the po­lit­i­cal party.

Obaga filed the suit to have Ma­gara re­moved as the party leader and a del­e­gate of the Cen­tre for Mul­ti­party Democ­racy.

He said Ma­gara is ir­reg­u­larly hold­ing the of­fice of the Cen­tre for Mul­ti­party Democ­racy chair­man be­cause he is a state of­fi­cer.

Obaga said it is un­con­sti­tu­tional for Ma­gara to have in­ter­ests in po­lit­i­cal par­ties and af­fil­i­ate or­gan­i­sa­tions. He said this risks fur­ther vi­o­la­tion of the con­sti­tu­tion.

In her af­fi­davit, Ndung’u said there is no case against her and en­join­ing the Reg­is­trar of Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties is wrong. “I urge the court to dis­miss the pe­ti­tion against me,” she said.

Jus­tice Ed­ward Mure­i­thi di­rected par­ties to ap­pear in court on Septem­ber 26.

Obaga said Ma­gara is likely to fur­ther vi­o­late the con­sti­tu­tion by of­fer­ing him­self as a can­di­date for chair­man of the Cen­tre for Mul­ti­party Democ­racy.

He wants the for­mer MP dis­qual­i­fied from hold­ing a state of­fice as Keny­atta In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre chair­man be­cause he holds a po­lit­i­cal of­fice. Obara says if Ma­gara is al­lowed to take of­fice or con­tinue as a state of­fi­cer, it will be a mock­ery of the con­sti­tu­tion and an abuse of the Kenyan peo­ple. He said it is a con­flict of in­ter­est for Ma­gara to hold the po­si­tions. Ma­gara, the Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party chair­man, was ap­pointed KICC chair­man by Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta on April 27 last year.

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