Fight in Thirway Alliance as Secretary General Okango leads NEC to suspend party boss Ekuru Aukot

Thirdway Alliance party leader Dr Ekuru Aukot / FILE

Dr Ekuru Aukot has been suspended indefinitely as the Thirdway Alliance party leader.

Aukot was suspended by the party’s National Executive Committee over financial impropriety and lack of transparency to members.

Aukot’s fate was decided by a resolution made by NEC following a meeting on Wednesday at the party’s headquarters.

During the meeting, NEC considered complaints raised against Aukot by party members, including self-enrichment, non-accountability and lack of transparency.

Aukot has also been claimed to have assaulted his deputy, Dr Angela Mwikalio “using crude words which were later published by online bloggers”.

He has also been accused of defying a court order in a children’s case, hence violating Chapter Six of the Constitution, the statement released by Secretary General Fredrick Okango on Wednesday said.

NEC barred barred him from representing or transacting any business on behalf of the party.

Consequently, Aukot has been directed to appear before the party disciplinary committee at a later date to be communicated.

Thre, however, appears to be a leadership war in the party.

Okango was in January suspended days after he contradicted the party’s position on the ongoing constitutional review process.

The party’s Executive Director General, Andrew Njoroge, dismissed claims contained in a statement by Okango to the effect that National Executive Council was unable to reach a consensus on the reintroduction of the Punguza Mzigo Initiative, a constitutional review campaign championed by the party.

“There is no ”schism” in the Party. NEC voted overwhelmingly on the matter,” Njoroge told a local radio station.

Dr Angela Nyalita (deputy party leader) was also expelled from the party on February 3, after she opposed the ouster of Okango, disagreeing with Aukot.

Nyalita accused Aukot of intimidation over her stance on Okango’s dismissal.

The two were reinstated by the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal in March.

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