MP at risk of losing seat after Mudavadi's ANC party expunges his name from register
Masolo Mabonga|May. 14, 2019
- Godfrey Osotsi was first suspended on March 26 but successfully appealed against the decision before the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal
- The party challenged the ruling of PPDT in High Court arguing the tribunal had erred in its decision to reinstate Osotsi
- The court overturned the tribunal's ruling stating PPDT lacked jurisdiction to hear the case since Osotsi had not exhausted all the party internal mechanisms
- The registrar of political parties on Tuesday, May 14, confirmed removal of Osotsi's name from the register
- The embattled MP has said he will not appeal against the ruling and will consider resolving the matter within party organs
Nominated MP Godfrey Ososti is on the verge of losing his seat after his Amani National Congress (ANC) party successfully scrapped his name from its register.
This follows a court ruling that was delivered on Tuesday, April 30, and a subsequent letter from the registrar of political parties confirming removal of his name from the party register.
The Mudavadi-led outfit on March 26 wrote to the registrar of political parties directing it to scrap off Osotsi's name citing indiscipline, disloyalty and mismanagement of party funds while serving as the secretary general.
The embattled politician successfully appealed against the directive before Political Party Disputes Tribunal which reinstated him.
The party, in a counter move, filed a petition at the High Court challenging the decision by the tribunal arguing the legislator had violated the party's Constitution and the tribunal had erred in reinstating the MP.
The court, while overturning the PPDP's decision, stated the tribunal lacked jurisdiction to hear the dispute because the MP had not exhausted ANC’s internal mechanisms.
Osotsi has said he will not appeal against the ruling and will consider resolving the matter within the internal party organs.
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