MUNYA CASE CHALLENGING HIS REMOVAL AS PNU CHAIRMAN PUSHED TO NEXT MONTH.

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Meru Governor Peter Munya.
BY SAM ALFAN.

Meru Governor Peter Munya battle challenging his removal as the chairman of Party of National Unity (PNU) will be heard next month.

Appearing before Justice Roselyn Aburili of Court of Appeal, lawyer Paul Muite said his client is interested in knowing whether the Political Parties Tribunal can overturn the orders of the High Court.

In June 22, the tribunal ruled that Munya and his group, who claimed to be officials of PNU, were illegally in office. The Tribunal ruled in favour of  Alphonce Mbida, the petitioner, who argued that the party officials were not properly elected. The tribunal ordered them to vacate office within 7 days.

But Munya moved to the High Court immediately and obtained orders, suspending the decision, pending the determination of his case.

In the ruling, the tribunal chaired by Kyalo Mbobu had ruled that Munya’s team, which took office on October 28, 2016, hand over office to the previous officials until a proper delegates’ meeting is held.

But  Munya has maintained that he is the custodian holder of all PNU elements, constitution and equipment.

Although  Muite wanted the file to be returned to Deputy Chief Justice for directions, Justice Aburili ruled that there was no need and she can hear the case. She directed the parties to file and serve their papers within 10 days and appear before her on September 19,2017 to confirm whether the parties will have complied with the directions.

Munya, who is defending his seat on a PNU ticket, is supporting President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election. He will be battling with Jubilee’s Kiraitu Murungi for the Meru governorship.

The governor has been facing several legal battle over the party leadership.
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