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Musalia Mudavadi names his party leader successor at ANC

Musalia Mudavadi names his party leader successor at ANC following his resignation upon being appointed Prime Cabinet Secretary.

Issa Timamy, the governor of Lamu, has been named the new party leader by the Amani National Congress (ANC) party.

This comes after President William Ruto’s appointment of Musalia Mudavadi as the Prime Cabinet Secretary and his resignation from that position.

Issa Timamy was chosen by the ANC Council Bureau to serve as the leader, although in an acting capacity, according to a statement released by the party on Thursday, October 27.

“H.E Musalia Mudavadi relinquished his position as ANC Party Leader following his nomination as the Prime CS,” the statement read in part. 

“The ANC Party wishes H.E Mudavadi God’s blessing in his service as Prime Cabinet Secretary and heartily welcomes Gov. Issa Timamy into his new role as Party Leader.”

The declaration was made a day after President Ruto’s nominees were approved by parliament after vetting.

Mudavadi’s resignation is in line with article 77 (2) of the constitution which restrains any appointed State officer from holding office in a political party.

A state official is also not allowed to hold any other position, according to the constitution.

“A full-time State officer shall not participate in any other gainful employment,” reads article 77 of the constitution. 

Mudavadi has been at the helm of the ANC since its formation in 2015.

He served as the party’s leader in two elections, the first of which it participated in as a signatory to the now-defunct National Super Alliance in 2017.

Mudavadi and President Ruto teamed together during the campaigns leading up to the August 2022 election, and the ANC became a member of the Kenya Kwanza Coalition.

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