Former Machakos Senator Resigns as UDA National Chairman
Former Machakos senator Johnson Muthama has resigned as the chairperson of the United Democratic Alliance pending his vetting for his new job at the Parliamentary Service Commission.
Muthama, who has been William Ruto’s point man in the Ukambani region, tendered his resignation to the ruling party’s secretariat ahead of the determination of his suitability in the PSC.
According to a report by the Daily Nation, Muthama confirmed his resignation, which now paves the way for the vetting as a member of the Parliamentary Service Commission.
The Constitution prohibits a member of the commission from holding office in a political party. “I have handed over my resignation to the party headquarters. What I am currently doing is proper handing over to the party secretariat,” he said. The Senate has since called upon members of the public to submit any representation on Muthama’s eligibility for the role.
Other leaders who had been shortlisted for the plum position in the PSC included former Kisii Governor James Ongwae, former Matungu MP David Aoko Were, Aruma John Ekale, former Limuru MP Peter Mungai Mwathi and former Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa.
News of Muthama’s resignation from UDA came in the wake of Nick Salat’s resignation from the Kenya African National Union (KANU). His resignation came just days after KANU ‘s National Executive Council said it had decided to adopt the party’s disciplinary committee recommendations that asked for his expulsion.
In Salat’s statement earlier today, he noted that his dismissal was unlawful and against the rules of natural justice. He said he had, albeit with a heavy heart but a clear conscience, relinquished from the position of secretary general effective today.
“Take notice therefore that I Nicholas Salat has resigned from the KANU party and therefore disengage from and dissociate myself from the party except in situations where the law so permits after this notice,” he said.