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Thursday, July 22, 2021 – Deputy President William Ruto will soon be ‘partyless’ going by the new developments in the newly formed United Democratic Alliance (UDA).

The original owners of the party, led by former UDA chairman Mohamed Noor, have filed a case at the Political Parties Tribunal in a bid to reclaim the party from the interim officials – Chairman Johnstone Muthama and Secretary-General Veronica Maina.

Noor accused Muthama and Maina of illegally taking over the party leadership in an unconstitutional manner. He wants the Tribunal to overturn the changes made at the Party and reinstate him as the Chairman of UDA.

In his argument, Noor claims that suspended Secretary-General Mohamed Sahal had called a meeting on December 11, 2020, that saw the party change its name from Party for Development and Reforms (PDR) to UDA, which was agreed by the members present.

The former officials only realised later that the signed forms also had given the party a go-ahead to effect leadership changes.

“I am aware on my own knowledge that the Registrar of Political Parties unlawfully made changes to the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) officials through Gazette Notice No. 1233 dated January 29, 2021, and 2739 published on March 19, 2021,” Noor stated in the sworn affidavit.

The registrar and UDA party have been listed as respondents in the case by Noor which is to be mentioned on July 28, 2021, when the tribunal is expected to issue directives on the way forward.

This new development may put brakes on Ruto’s ambitions of succeeding President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.


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