Partyless Ababu Namwamba at crossroads

Illegally in LPK

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Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba. PHOTO: HIVISASA

Budalangi Member of Parliament Ababu Namwamba has been dealt a blow after the Political Parties Tribunal barred the former ODM Secretary General from acting as a member of the Labour Party of Kenya where he is the de facto leader.

The team issued the temporary orders following an application by Zachaeus Wangila, who said Namwamba is illegally purporting to be a member of the party, yet he is in the Orange Democratic Movement.

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Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba during relaunching of the Labour Party of Kenya (LPK). PHOTO: TWITTER

The ruling will remain effective until March 28 when the case is heard and comes just a few days after a similar petition challenging the firebrand politician’s legitimacy in LPK was withdrawn.

The earlier petition was filed by John Makokha on behalf of the party, but was dropped after lawyer Muga Apondi conceded the petitioner had no legal capacity to institute the suit.

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Wangila had asked tribunal members Kyalo Mbobu and Milly Odongo in his application, to bar Namwamba from transacting business on behalf of the party.

He was concerned that Namwamba was likely to cut political deals with other political outfits while pretending that he was a member and official of LPK which he helped revamp recently.

On February 28, Namwamba suffered a set back after the tribunal suspended his party membership of the party. The rain started beating after he resigned his powerful position as ODM SG in 2016.

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He joined relaunched LPK and was named party leader. He and other ODM rebels, most of whom are from Western Kenya, moved to the tribunal saying the decision by the party to expel them was unconstitutional.