DP Gachagua makes impromptu visit to UDA headquarters ahead of primaries » Capital News

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 27 – Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua Monday paid an impromptu inspection visit to the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) headquarters ahead of the party primaries slated for next year.

During the visit, the DP commended the Secretariat for “the great work they have done towards running the party.”

A week ago, UDA held a meeting chaired by the Party leader President William Ruto where it resolved that the primaries be postponed to 12th, 19th, and 26th April 2024, respectively.

“All candidates and members of the Party are encouraged to continue sensitizing and recruiting members to the Party,” the announcement read.

UDA, which said it has 7.2 million registered members, will use technology to ensure the grassroots polls are above board.

This coming week after the party extended an opportunity to parastatal heads, allowing them to participate in the upcoming grassroots elections slated for December 9, 2023.

This decision contradicts the initial advisory from Attorney General J. B Muturi and Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, which had deemed parastatal heads as State Officers, disqualifying them from engaging in political party activities.

The party Secretary General Cleophas Malala explained that UDA’s decision was based on a ruling by the Court of Appeal.

This ruling determined that board chairmen and Directors do not fall under the category of State Officers, as defined by the Constitution.

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Hence, UDA has permitted them to participate in the grassroots elections.

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