Munya no longer PNU leader, Kibaki is-Registrar

Former Meru Governor Peter Munya []

Even before the losing cloud settles down for former Meru Governor Peter Munya, he has been dealt another huge blow.

The Registrar of Political Parties Lucy Ndung’u gazetted retired President Mwai Kibaki as the legitimate leader of Party of National Unity (PNU) ending Munya’s short stint as the party leader.

In a gazette notice dated August 16 and published on Friday, the Registrar also replaced seven other PNU members elected alongside Munya last year.

Ndung’u cited a ruling by the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal in June this year which stated that “the officials of the interested party in office as at 27th October, 2017 remain the bona fide office bearers of the interested parties until a proper general meeting is held to elect national officials.”

Going by the gazette notice, Daily Nation quotes, bona fide PNU leaders include chairman John Kamama, Irene Muronji (1st Vice Chairperson) Paul Amayo (2nd Vice Chairperson) and John Anunda as the Secretary-General.

Others are Alphonse Musyoki (Organizing Secretary), Mwajuma Rajab (Finance Secretary), Genery Wando (Deputy Treasurer), Anna Chebet (Director of Elections), Prisca Mwita (National Women Chairperson), Beatrice Cherono (National Youth Chairperson) and Agnes Toya (NEC member).

However, anyone with any reservations regarding then new changes has seven days to submit written submission to the Registrar.

Munya was elected as PNU’s leader in October 2016 during a National Delegates Conference which was disputed by a section of officials.

He was later gazetted as the PNU supremo in April, last year together with the seven other members who were replaced following a court order compelling Ndung’u to gazette them as PNU leaders.

Munya had accused the Tribunal of making “political motivated ruling” to remove him from office in June.

He vowed that no one would remove him from office except party members.

However, two months after the June ruling, he has finally been removed him from office.

By Pharis Kinyua. He’s an online journalist and an author for Jamhuri News.