Kenya's President Jomo Kenyatta has refused to allow a former Vice-President and Opposition leader, Oginga Odinga to stand for Parliament in the October General Election.
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Background: Kenya's President Jomo Kenyatta has refused to allow a former Vice-President and Opposition leader, Oginga Odinga to stand for Parliament in the October General Election.
Mr Odinga was one of several members of the now defunct Kenya People's Union (K.P.U.) to have their application refused by Kenyatta.
The K.P.U. members were told of the President's decision by the Organising Secretary of the ruling Kenya African Nation Union Party (KANU) at the KANU headquarters in Nairobi on Wednesday (21 August).
Mr Odinga, who has socialist leanings, came under heavy attack from fellow ministers and the KANU party eventually voted to abolish the position of Vice-President and force Mr Odinga's resignation.
The ousted Vice-President formed the K.P.U. taking with him 29 members of the KANU party into Opposition. But a constitutional ammendment deprived them of their seats.
After vi???lent outbreaks in the Luo tribal area and alleged threats to overthrow President Kenyatta's government, Mr Odinga and other K.P.U. leaders were detained in 1969.
There was no trial and Mr Odinga was detained until 1971. On his release he appliod and was accepted for membership in MANU.
President Kenyatta is standing for re-election in October and will be the only presidential candidate.
SYNOPSIS: The Kenyatta Conference building in Nairobi -- the headquarters of Kenya's ruling African National Union party-KANU. On Wednesday, members of the now-defunot Kenya People's Union were to be informed of President Kenyatta's decision on whether to allow them to stand for parliament in the October general election
The President's decision went against the K.P.U. members - among them Mr Oginga Odinga, a former Vice President and Opposition leader. Mr Odinga was told of the President's decision by the KANU party's organising secretary, Mr Nathan Munoko. Mr Odinga, a leading member of Kenya's second largest tribe, was Vice President in mr Kenyatta's first government after independence. But the Vice President became unpopular and was voted out of office. He went into opposition, taking twenty nine KANU members with him. But they were eventually deprived of their seats. Mr Odinga was later detained for two years without trial and on his release rejoined the KANU party.