Godfrey Osotsi on the verge of losing parliamentary seat as ANC kicks him out


Godfrey Osotsi on the verge of losing parliamentary seat as ANC kicks him out
Nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi during a past press conference. PHOTO | COURTESY

In Summary

  • This comes following a decision by the ANC party, in a letter sent to the Registrar of Political Parties, to remove him from their register.
  • Osotsi, who has been embroiled in court battles with ANC since he was stripped off his Secretary General position, however has the option of contesting the process of his removal from the party in court.

Embattled Nominated Member of Parliament Godfrey Osotsi is now on the verge of losing his seat in the National Assembly.

This is after the Registrar of Political Parties wrote to the Amani National Congress (ANC), which nominated Osotsi, confirming that the MP had been removed from the party’s register as earlier directed by ANC.

“… the name of Hon. Godfrey Atieno Osotsi has been removed from the party membership register of Amani National Congress (ANC) as decided by your party,” read a response to ANC signed by Ann Nderitu, Registrar of Political Parties.

“By copy of this letter, the Honourable member is notified of the same.”

Osotsi, who has been embroiled in court battles with ANC since he was stripped off his Secretary General position, however has the option of contesting the process of his removal from the party in court.

In March this year, at a Special National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, the Musalia Mudavadi-led party adopted a report by its disciplinary committee recommending the expulsion of the nominated MP over claims of misuse of the party’s funds when he served as Secretary General before the 2017 General Election.

The Political Parties Disputes Tribunal (PPDT), however, reinstated Osotsi as ANC Secretary General after he contested his removal terming it as irregular.

ANC then filed an appeal at the High Court challenging that decision, following which Osotsi’s lawyers filed an application for a judicial review of the process the party followed in kicking him out.

The High Court on April 30 overturned the decision by the PPDT ruling that it was wrong in entertaining the case by Osotsi, further adding that he had not exhausted the party’s internal dispute resolution mechanism.

Two days later, Osotsi officially resigned as Secretary General of ANC accusing the party of “consistently, deliberately and malicious” withholding essential information that would enable him to respond to the charges leveled against him and facilitate his application for an appeal or review.

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