ANC Party Secretary General Godfrey Osotsi resigns
ANC Party Secretary General Godfrey Osotsi has resigned two days after the High Court overturned a decision by the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal (PPDT) to reinstate him.
The PPDT had previously granted Osotsi’s prayers and reinstated him as ANC Secretary General after he had moved to contest his removal terming it as irregular.
The legislator accused the Musalia Mudavadi-led 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.
“From the evidence herein, it is evident that the impugned decision is the continuation of an unlawful campaign against Osotsi to suppress his democratic right to dissent and is otherwise totally unfounded and malicious,” the court heard.
In a letter dated January 10, 2019, the party disciplinary committee secretary Dan Ameyo wrote to Osotsi notifying him of complaints of financial improprieties allegedly flagged by the Auditor General, further informing him of commencement of disciplinary proceedings.
The allegations against the former ANC Secretary General were that he failed to prepare a budget or financial statement and failed to honour party invitations to explain various queries.
He was also accused of failure to account for Ksh.50 Million as well as suspicions of failing to remit all revenue received by the party.
But according to his lawyer, the MP — since October 2017 — has had no access or control of the party records having been “illegally” ousted from office.
In March this year, at a Special National Executive Council (NEC), ANC, which is led by Musalia Mudavadi, 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.