Thirdway Alliance Kenya has suspended its Secretary-General Fredrick Okango over a recent statement on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) that was disowned by the party leader Ekuru Aukot.
In a letter dated January 28, the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) stated that Okango went against the party’s constitution by releasing the statement which contradicted the party’s position “in regards to a weighty political matter on national TV”.
NEC Chairman Miruru Waweru stated that Okango remains suspended pending ratification of his dismissal by the National Delegates Convention.
“You are therefore not authorized to represent or conduct any business on behalf of the party forthwith,” the letter reads in part.
In the BBI statement dated January 27, Okango supported BBI proposals that are opposed by Aukot, the proponent of the “Punguza Mizigo” bill that failed at the county level.
In the statement, Okango stated that NEC held a meeting on January 25 to deliberate on the relaunch of “Punguza Mizigo 2” that is likely to run alongside the BBI process. However, members couldn’t agree on a number of issues that were raised.
He stated that some of the NEC members were of the opinion that “Punguza Mizigo” should be merged with BBI instead of running two parallel constitutional amendment processes likely to “confuse Kenyans and undermine each other’s efforts”.
He also noted that the merger will be beneficial to the “Punguza Mizigo” initiative as the party lacks proper funding to push its agenda.
“We urge BBI to allow the wishes of Kenyans of ensuring that the issues raised by “Punguza Mizigo” are equally implemented together with the BBI in the spirit of inclusivity, ” said Okango.
In a rejoinder, Aukot dismissed the statement saying it was not the party’s position but Okango’s opinion.
The party boss is on record saying BBI is unconstitutional and Okango’s views contradicted the party stand.