President William Ruto's cabinet secretaries announcement has drawn constitutional restrictions to sections of leaders holding various positions in their respective political parties.
Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader. Musalia Mudavadi who was named the Chief Cabinet Minister, Chama Cha Kazi (CCK) party boss Moses Kuria - minister for trade nominee, Maendeleo Chap Chap head Alfred Mutua - Minister for Foreign Affairs nominee, Former Speaker of National Assembly Justin Muturi of Democratic Party - Attorney General nominee and United Democratic Alliance (UDA) deputy secretary general responsible for policy and strategy Eliud Owalo are at the crossroads over disbanding the party positions for the state jobs or fold their respective parties to join the ruling UDA party.
According to article 77(1,2) of the Constitution, "a full-time state officer shall not participate in any other gainful employment. Any appointed state officer shall not hold office in political parties"
"Once you become a state officer, you have to resign as party official. You can however remain as party member. You can not serve as state officer and at the same time hold a political party position" the registrar of political parties Anne Nderitu clarified.
Ruto's Alleged Plot to finish Mudavadi completely
The senior political analyst and advocate Ken Echesa claimed that the short-serving former vice president Musalia Mudavadi shouldn't fall into Ruto's trap to fold ANC party and join UDA. He said Mudavadi would commit a political suicide and lose relevance in Western region politics by joining Ruto's UDA.
"Musalia Mudavadi has attempted very many political suicides but this one would be a real one. He should learn from Eugene Wamalwa when he willingly dissolved his New Ford Kenya" said Mr Echesa.
"If he fold Ms and joins UDA, that will be the end of his political career otherwise he will have to reinvent another political party so as to emerge politically. Moses Kuria's decision to fold his party is strategic way to join mainstream UDA because that is where the heart of Mt Kenya lies" added Echesa.
Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa added that leaders who were nominated for cabinet positions to fold their respective parties to join United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
"All those who have appointed cabinet secretaries will now fold their parties so that we have one party, one government and one coalition" Mr Barasa said.
Moses Kuria's CCK party has already kicked off monolith plan to disband the party and join UDA after receiving the Trade ministry in Ruto's cabinet.
"Chama Cha Kazi would like to issue notice to all members pursuant to and in accordance to article 10.0.1(b) of Chama Cha Kazi constitution of the decision to merge Chama Cha Kazi with United Democratic Alliance (UDA). Members are invited to file their submissions supporting or opposing the merger with 21 days hereof" read the notice signed by party chairman James Kogi, Secretary General James Nage and Executive Director Philip Muchiri.
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