The Amani National Congress Chief Musalia Mudavadi has decided to punish the party’s Members of Parliament who openly criticized their boss for failing to attend Raila Odinga’s ‘swearing-in’ ceremony as the People’s President at the Uhuru Park Grounds last month.
Apparently, among those to face Musalia’s whip during the party’s National Executive Council parliamentary group meeting early next week include Senators George Khaniri (Vihiga) Cleophas Malala (Kakamega) and nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi. This is following remarks or actions considered subversive to ANC ideals.
According to the NASA co-principal in a memo to all the party chairpersons in the country, he will not allow any member to cause division in the party by organizing meetings without the approval of the secretariat, a move some members have described as ‘gagging orders’. “We do not recognise those meetings and the purported resolutions. You are strictly advised to avoid meetings that have not been communicated to you by the party secretariat. Anyone attending such functions will be dealt with accordingly,” Mudavadi said.
Surprisingly, the three MPs who graced the Uhuru Park inauguration event, have been critical of their party leader’s failure to attend the ‘crucial’ coalition event. The NASA chief held a mock swearing in as thePeople’s president as a way of pushing through with protests about last year’s elections as well as dialogue concerning electoral justice.
The event which was skipped by other NASA co-principals Moses Wetang’ula and most conspicuously Kalonzo Musyoka, who was also expected to be ‘sworn-in’ alongside Raila as his deputy. Just recently the Wiper chief termed the controversial oath taken by Odinga as illegal adding that their absence was tactical.
However, on Wednesday, Mr Osotsi said that Mr Mudavadi’s continued silence over the “swearing-in” has not helped matters in his party. He also said that the memo lacks the spirit of internal party democracy. “This is an attempt to gag the party members from expressing themselves, which is unconstitutional,” Mr Osotsi said.