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
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.