Why ANC secretary general Barrack Muluka resigned


Immediate former ANC Secretary General Barrack Muluka/ COURTESY

Barrack Muluka on Wednesday resigned as the secretary general of Musalia Mudavadi’s Amani National Congress party.

In a letter addressed to party leader Mudavadi, Muluka said the space around party leader Mudavadi should be decongested.

“I doubt that I could add more value to what I have done so far. Moreover, it is now fitting that the space around you should be decongested. This will allow you to make critical decisions on the population and leadership of the party under the new constitution,” he said.

Muluka said he had also written to the Registrar of Political Parties to strike out his name as the secretary general as well as a member of ANC.

However, an insider in the party has told The Brief that Muluka’s ego and the new party constitution is what led to his exit.

“The new party constitution limits the powers of the secretary general and knowing his ego, he might have chosen to leave now,” the source, who did not want to be named, said.

The official also noted that there have been calls within the party for the removal of the party secretary because he doesn’t take criticism.

There has been an ongoing dispute between Osotsi and Muluka over the position of secretary general.

A petition to the Registrar of Political Parties Anne Nderitu by one Angela Gathoni accused Muluka of illegally laying claim to the position since the process of replacing Osotsi had never been completed.

Osotsi served as the party secretary general until he was removed last year. This was, however, not without a fight.

A move to appoint Muluka as the secretary general was quashed by the Political Parties’ Disputes Tribunal in April 2018 on Osotsi’s petition.

The High Court, however, stopped his removal.

Muluka has also created enemies within following the unsuccessful removal of legislators Osostsi and Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala.

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