Former Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Secretary General Ababu Namwamba has been left without a party after the Political Parties Tribunal barred him from running the affairs of Labour Party of Kenya (LPK).
In an application to the tribunal on Monday on behalf of LPK, John Barasa, a party member, questioned Namwamba’s position in the party claiming there was a possibility he would enter into a coalition with LPK rivals ahead of the August 2017 elections.
The tribunal led by Kyalo Mbobu and Milly Odongo barred Namwamba from acting as a member of LPK and the party leader pending the hearing and determination of the application set for March 9, 2017.
But in a rejoinder, LPK chairperson Julia Ojiambo has distanced the party from the application saying Barasa’s action were in contravention with the party’s regulations.
“No case, suit or complaint of any kind can be filed in the name of Labour Party without the resolution of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party,” stated Julia Ojiambo in a letter to the registrar of the tribunal on Tuesday.
“The party NEC has not made any such resolution or even discussed or contemplated such cause of action. We have instructed out attorneys to promptly deal with this fraudulent action.”
Namwamba who resigned from the ODM Secretary General position in July last year has been a subject of speculation on which presidential candidate he would support ahead of the August elections.
After declaring that he would support President Uhuru Kenyatta’s reelection in December 2016, Namwamba seemed to change tune early this year saying the party will evaluate its stand and announce the candidate they would support in August.
ODM leaders including his one-time fellow defector Funyula MP Paul Otuoma have called on Namwamba to join the Opposition coalition NASA in a bid to defeat Jubilee on August 8 and send President Uhuru Kenyatta home.