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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Mudavadi prepares to ditch UDF

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY HILTON OTENYO
Musalia Mudavadi.Photo/File
Musalia Mudavadi.Photo/File
THE UDF party leader Musalia Mudavadi may have canceled the planned party national delegates’ conference (NDC) this Friday to pave the way for the launch of a new party.
Mudavadi has been pushing to re-brand UDF into Amani National Coalition (ANC) but reports indicate the name had already been reserved by another person.
Multiple sources told the Star yesterday that Mudavadi could be exploring the option of abandoning the party all together for a new political outfit to prepare for 2017 polls.
The sources declined to give the name of the party to be launched.
“Talk of a new party has been on for a long time but its launch cannot be today or tomorrow the way you are saying but you may have got the inference right,” said Mudavadi’s private secretary Kibisu Kabatesi when reached on phone yesterday.
Kabatesi said that the NDC was canceled due to logistical reasons. He said that it is meant to give a chance to branches that have not completed harmonization exercise.
A source (Party director of operations Sande Oyalo) said that Mudavadi has found himself in awkward position in the ongoing battle for control of the party with Chairman Hassan Osman.
“He is left with two options; he should go silent and re-arm himself before restarting the war on Osman again or leave the party and register a new one,” the source said.
The source said that the Mudavadi faction was likely to lose the case at the tribunal because the absence of the secretary general’s signature at the registrar of political parties leaves party chairman Hassan Osman the only legal signatory.
“In looking for a party you either buy the whole party or just form yours and not negotiating for positions. We saw this when Raila Odinga lost ODM-K to Kalonzo Musyoka, William Ruto abandoned UDM after he was frustrated in its takeover,” said the source.
Another source said that UDF constitution allows the chairman and secretary general to transact business of the party but Dan Ameyo who is still registered as secretary was not replaced after he resigned on appointment as Mumias sugar chairman.
The source said the alternate signature is for Abraham Limo who is in Osman’s camp since Ameyo’s exit was not replaced. The source said that several of UDF MPs, most of them from Western are gravitating towards deputy president William Ruto.
- See more at: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-195330/mudavadi-prepares-ditch-udf#sthash.KwYLxwgs.dpuf

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