Meru Governor Peter Munya will succeed former Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki as the leader of the Party of National Unity.
Munya was unanimously elected to the position at the National Delegates Congress which was held in Bomas on Friday.
The Party of National Unity had been announced to have merged with the Jubilee Party by the Registrar of Political Parties which Munya and a faction of the party strongly opposed.
On Tuesday, the group cheered in court as the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal ruled that the merger was null and void. The Tribunal overturned the decision on the grounds that the party had not approved the merger.
It faulted the registrar who went ahead to sign the gazette notice with the documents for the merger not submitted to relevant parties.
Munya welcomed the verdict to reinstate PNU as a party saying their congress would take place as planned where he sought to replace Kibaki as the party’s chairman.
He, however, declared his support for President Kenyatta’s re-election but noted that his party would field candidates for other elective posts in the 2017 general election.
Mr. Munya said:
”We thank the tribunal for upholding justice and declaring that PNU never merged, that the merger never took place and obviously the next thing is that the convention is going to take place, we are happy and ready for Friday even if others try to stop it.”
In other news relating to Munya, the Council of Governors chairman calls for the need for a bill to address loopholes in impeaching governors.
The governors have called for an impeachment procedure similar to that of the president to protect office holders from politically instigated schemes to remove them from office.
The bill will provide an overall framework for removing public officers with growing concerns among governors that MCAs are targeting the county bosses for personal gains.