Former vice-president Musalia Mudavadi on Monday, October 17, appeared before the National Assembly Committee on Appointment.
Mudavadi who was being vetted for the Prime Cabinet Secretary following his appointment by President William as per their pre-election deal revealed that he was no longer the ANC party leader.
Article 77 (2) of the Kenyan Constitution 2010 restrains any appointed State officer from holding office in a political party.
“A full-time State officer shall not participate in any other gainful employment,” reads article 77 of the Constitution.
Following Mudavadi’s resignation, the ANC party on Thursday, October 27, announced that it had picked Lamu Governor Issa Timamy as the new party Leader.
Timamy was appointed by the ANC Council Bureau as the leader albeit in an acting capacity.
“The ANC Council Bureau has since nominated Governor Issa Abdallah Timamy as the acting Party leader in accordance with the ANC party constitution,” read the statement in part signed by ANC Secretary General Simon Gakuru.
While welcoming Lamu Governor into his new role, the outfit wished Mudavadi all the best in his new assignment as the Prime Cabinet Secretary.
“The ANC Party wishes Mudavadi God’s blessings in his service as Prime Cabinet Secretary and heartily welcomes Governor Issa Timamy into his new role as party leader.”
Mudavadi, who recently declared his net worth at over KSh 4 billion has been at the helm of the ANC since its formation in 2015.
The former powerful Minister has led the political outfit in two of the previous General Elections with the last being in 2022 when it entered into an agreement with William Ruto’s UDA.
Prior to taking over the reins of the party, Timamy was one of Mudavadi’s five deputy party leaders at ANC.