BY JOHN WERU,NAIROBI,16TH SEPT 2017-Former Meru Governor Peter Munya has been reinstated as the Party of National Unity (PNU) chair ,three weeks after his ouster.
This comes three days after Mr Munya withdrew his support for the National Super Alliance and backed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election.
In a gazette notice published Friday, the Registrar of Political Parties Lucy Ndung’u stated: “The list of party officials of the Party of National Unity as contained in Gazette Notice No. 8315 of 2017 is cancelled.”
The earlier notice had ended Mr Munya’s controversial stint at the helm of the PNU alongside other officials elected last year and retired President Mwai Kibaki named as party boss.
The cancelled gazette notice was based on a judgment by the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal delivered on June 20, 2017, which indicated that “the officials of the interested party in office as at 27th October, 2016 remain the bona fide office bearers of the interested party until a proper general meeting is held to elect national officials.”
The judgment was however set aside by the High Court after Mr Munya contested it.
Ms Ndung’u had given a seven day window to those opposed to the intended change of leadership to make written submissions.
Mr Munya had termed Ms Ndungu’s move to gazette Mr Kibaki as PNU leader as ‘a blatant disregard of the law’.