In a quick twist of events, Thirdway Alliance Kenya has expelled Secretary General Fredrick Okango just hours after he ostensibly expelled four of its top officials over gross misconduct.
In a press release sent to newsrooms on Friday, August 6, 2021, party leader Ekuru Aukot expelled the secretary general over a raft of reasons that include supporting BBI against the party’s Punguza Mizigo Kenya initiative.
In the press release, the party added that Okango was at the front promoting the candidature of Raila Odinga and lying to the public that Thirdway is not fielding a presidential candidate.
Okango has also been accussed of soliciting for and receiving handouts from lawyer Paul Mwangi of ODM.
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Aukot further claimed that the ousted SG had submitted falsified accounts to the Registrar of Political Parties and even obtained money by false pretence from members of the public after alleging that his mother was hospitalized in Tata Tata memorial hospital for stage 4 cancer treatment.
The latest development came in the wake of a letter doing rounds on social media stating that the party had expelled National Chairperson Daniel Muiruri Waweru, Deputy Party Leader Angela Mwikali, National Women Leader Giovanna Bunei and Deputy Youth Leader Joan Lagat on Friday for violating party constitution.
“That the decision to expel the four members was made after extensively after attempting to explore the provisions of Articles 14 and 25 of the party constitution that provides for the Disciplinary measures of the party officials and Internal Dispute Resolution Mechanism (IDRM). These were severally frustrated by the expelled individuals,” the party said.
The party said the National Executive Committee (NEC) recommended the removal of the four without any malice, bias, or hatred.
Thirdway Alliance further said the four were summoned to appear before the party NEC but they failed to do so.
“The Political Parties Dispute Tribunal delivered a judgment in complaints filed by the expelled members and others PPDT 10 of 2021 and PPDT 11 of 2021 on July 6th and 7th 2021 respectively directing that both parties do exhaust the internal dispute resolution mechanisms as provided for in the party constitution,” the party said.
It added: “The four suspended members have since joined hands with the former party leader Ekuru Aukot who is fighting in the corridors of courts to regain his position and now frustrating party operations from outside.”