Bungoma

By Chris Mafura and Collins Matubwi

Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula has suspended errant members of the party who tried to oust him as the party leader.

Wetang’ula has suspended Tongaren MP David Eseli Simiyu as Ford Kenya Secretary General and replaced him with Kiminini lawmaker Dr. Chris Wamalwa though in acting capacity.

Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula

“Dr. Eseli my friend and age mate to whom we grew together with has been suspended as he choose the path of evil same to Wamunyinyi who has walked his life in my shadow who I appointed a Special Envoy to AU in Somalia. He has taken the seat of treachery and purported to be Ford Kenya party leader,” said Wetang’ula

Also suspended, is Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi from the party’s Agriculture and Livestock sectoral committee and has been replaced by Vincent Mogaka, the West Mugirango MP.

“Dr. Eseli my friend and age mate to whom we grew together with has been suspended as he choose the path of evil same to Wamunyinyi who has walked his life in my shadow who I appointed a Special Envoy to AU in Somalia. He has taken the seat of treachery and purported to be Ford Kenya party leader,” said Wetang’ula.

Kiminini MP Dr. Chris Wamalwa – Ford Kenya Acting SG.

He added: “Cynthia Mutere, a nominated MCA from Busia is hereby suspended as the chairperson of Ford Kenya women league and her position is hereby taken Roselidah Andambi, a nominated MCA in the Kakamega County Assembly,”

Wetang’ula reminded the two MPs and Governor Wycliffe Wangamati, who orchestrated his removal as party leader that Ford Kenya is not the property of Bungoma people; the party belongs to the people of Kenya.  

“Coups are archaic, anachronistic to good order and coups are activities of cowards, this party has gone through grassroots elections to the county level countrywide.Covdi19 came when we had already set date for NDC to elect new officials, anybody who want any seat, let them file their papers and we meet at Bomas, have no doubt delegates will give me an additional to lead the party,” said Wetang’ula.

“A former Ford Kenya nominated MP Patrick Wangamati who thinks that that he has to impose his family to lead the party is wrong. Parties are about people who are elected to lead it and not forcing your family on people,” said Wetang’ula.

Former Ford Kenya SG Dr Eseli Simiyu

Wetang’ula further dismissed the meeting that was attended by the trio as being unlawful and whose resolutions cannot hold water since it was unlawful, saying the purported delegates were airlifted to Nairobi on Saturday and locked at RadisonBlue hotel to rubberstamp the changes.

“Persons who are not officials of the party were airlifted against the government measures of containing Covid19 and booked at RadisonBlue hotel. They were detained them through an unlawful meeting overnight and purported to make decisions for the party,” said Wetang’ula.

Wetang’ula said he took over party with one MP and now they have 13 MPs, 2 governors, 2 senators and 85 MCAS.

“Coups are archaic, anachronistic to good order and coups are activities of cowards, this party has gone through grassroots elections to the county level countrywide.Covdi19 came when we had already set date for NDC to elect new officials, anybody who want any seat, let them file their papers and we meet at Bomas, have no doubt delegates will give me an additional to lead the party,” said Wetang’ula.

Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi

He said that Richard Onyonka was put under immense pressure to accept to be part of the treachery, offered money, and hunted all over until he acquired a different line so as not to succumb to the selfish motives of the trio.

Governor Wangamati after a purported special NEC meeting of the party announced that they were replacing Wetang’ula with Wamunyinyi over his failure to foster unity of the party.

 “A lot of realignments are happening at the national level, as Ford Kenya we want to part of the discussion, part of the government in 2020, we don’t want to be left behind and for the avoidance of doubt we are behind the handshake deal between Uhuru and Raila,” said Wangamati.

Ford Kenya Party Leader Moses Wetang’ula and Governor Wycliffe Wangamati

On Saturday, Wafula Wakoli, a former Ford Kenya youth leader and Wetang’ula’s manager in the senate led a demo in Bungoma town putting on notice leaders he claimed were out to betray Wetang’ula despite having enjoyed the party’s support for over a decade.

“The plot to overthrow Wetang’ula as Ford Kenya party leader began after he castigated Wangamati’s government over corruption and embezzlement of money meant to fight Covid-19 where it’s alleged the county bought 600- 20litre jerricans at Sh10, 000 each,” claimed Mr Wakoli.

Part of senator Wetang’ula problems could have emanated from his criticism of Governor Wycliffe Wangamati, a close ally turned foe.

“The plot to overthrow Wetang’ula as Ford Kenya party leader began after he castigated Wangamati’s government over corruption and embezzlement of money meant to fight Covid-19 where it’s alleged the county bought 600- 20litre jerricans at Sh10, 000 each,” claimed Mr Wakoli.

He added:  “They are afraid Wetang’ula could expose them given that all those who have been involved in embezzling the public coffers money are currently on the EACC radar.”

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