Thirdway Alliance could lose being a party in Kenya if its internal wrangles are not addressed, Registrar of Political Parties has warned.
Anne Nderitu, in a communiqué to the party leadership, said the rise of two warring factions in the party had greatly affected its operation, almost rendering the outfit dysfunctional.
Nderitu noted that her office has been receiving contradictory counter filings on bona fide officials of the party.
“Pursuant to the provisions of Section 21(1) (a) of PPA as read Regulation 16(1) of Political Parties (Registration) Regulations, 2019, this office hereby notifies the party of the intention to deregister Thirdway Alliance Kenya,”
“This has been a consequence of the parallel disciplinary proceedings initiated by the said factions against each other leading to purported suspension of nearly all officials on record,”
“The party through the two factions has continued to send a counter representative to represent the governing body of the party in meetings conveyed by this office further demonstrating dysfunction,” Nderitu said.
Thirdway Alliance has been accused of allowing public officers to be part of the party’s governing body, which is contrary to the provisions of Section 7 and 12 of the Political Parties Act 2011(PPA).
The party is also in trouble for not complying with Section 7 (2) of PPA which requires parties to register a minimum of one thousand registered voters from at least 24 counties.
According to the registrar, the party had failed to publish the sources of its funds, the income, and the expenditure, assets, and liabilities in at least two newspapers for the year 2019/19 and 2019/20as required under Section 29 (1) of PPA.
The registrar noted a failed attempt to help the factions iron out their issues, adding that only one faction attended its meeting last meant that was meant to discuss the leadership crisis.
Last month, party Secretary General Fredrick Okango announced expulsion of senior officials over gross misconduct.
Those sent packing are National Chairman Daniel Miruru Waweru, Deputy Party Leader Angela Mwikali, National Women Leader Giovanna Bunei and Deputy Youth leader Joan Lagat.
Okango said the expelled members had violently ignored, sabotaged all attempts at dispute resolution and frustrated all the efforts by National Executive Committee to seek an amicable solution.
The leaders were also accused of, among other issues, absconding duty and going into bed with ousted party leader Ekuru Aukot who has been fighting to gain control of the party.