On Tuesday, twenty-six Nairobi County Assembly (MCA) members who are members of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) declared their intention to abstain from the meeting that Secretary General Cleophas Malala had planned for this Thursday, October 26.
Nairobi County Assembly Deputy Minority Whip Joyce Muthoni made a statement on behalf of the legislators informing Malala that they would not be attending the meeting due to what they perceived as senior party leadership’s shortchanging.
The MCAs highlighted Governor Johnson Sakaja as an example to support their claim that he had appointed members of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) to important posts within his administration.
Muthoni maintained in the letter that Sakaja’s acts were a flagrant transgression of both the party’s and the constitution’s tenets.
A number of officials recently appointed by the Secretary-General to important positions within the party are among the lawmakers who signed the statement.
The political party’s disputes tribunal is still handling the leadership challenges within the ruling party, which the lawmakers cited as further justification for their absence from the meeting.
They also stated that it would be against the subjudice rule to attend the Thursday meeting and that staying away would guarantee integrity and fairness.
Muthoni went on to say that Malala would have a conflict of interest if he attended the meeting where he is supposed to settle party conflicts in accordance with UDA constitution Article 29.1.5.