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BY UPESI WRITER,NAIROBI,7TH JULY,2020-Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala can breathe a sigh of relief after the office of the Registrar of Political Parties declined to execute a request by Amani National Congress (ANC) to expel him from the party.
According to Ms. Ann Nderitu, the Registrar of Political Parties, the request for the expulsion was turned down due to procedural gaps.
“This Office acknowledges receipt of your letter dated June 26, 2020 communicating the ANC National Governing Council’s resolution to expel Hon. Cleophas Malalah Wakhungu,” read a letter from Ms. Nderitu.
“Subsequent to the review of the submission on the expulsion of the said party member against the applicable laws including the ANC Party Constitution, the Office is unable to execute your request…”
The Registrar cited the said gaps as the “disciplinary proceedings were not concluded within the stipulated timelines under Article 49 of the ANC Party Constitution” and that “the National Governing Council did not approve the Disciplinary Committee as reconstituted by the NEC in line with Article 46 (1)(d)(ii) of the ANC Party constitution.”
ANC’s governing council on June 26, 2020 approved the expulsion of Senator Malala after the disciplinary committee in November last year suspended and summoned him to appear and respond to charges made against him during an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party rally.
“…your utterances, and activities at the political rally convened by ODM at Kibra on October 27, 2019, prejudiced the integrity and reputation of the ANC Party, its members, and employees,” the committee told the legislator.
Senator Malala however failed to respond to the charges and refused to appear before the committee to defend himself hence their decision to expel him.