We­tang’ula ‘not party boss’

Of­fi­cials have not been elected ac­cord­ing to Ford Kenya rules

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General -

A Ford Kenya mem­ber wants the party to con­duct elec­tions, say­ing the cur­rent na­tional of­fice led by Moses We­tang’ula have over­stayed in of­fice.

Ken Wa­fula, the party’s in­terim chair­man in Trans Nzoia county, yes­ter­day said the last time the party held an elec­tion was in 2011.

The party con­sti­tu­tion pro­vides that new of­fi­cials should be elected ev­ery four years, he said.

“The elec­tions are long over­due. The mem­bers want elec­tions but the lead­er­ship is not com­mit­ted. The fifth year is end­ing, yet there are no signs of an elec­tion any­time soon,” Wa­fula said yes­ter­day. This could mean We­tang’ula holds the party leader po­si­tion il­le­gally.

The fact that the party leader has been con­sti­tut­ing the party’s Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil uni­lat­er­ally may also com­pound the prob­lems that face Ford Kenya.

We­tang’ula re­cently picked his key ally – Kakamega Se­na­tor Boni Khal­wale – as his deputy to re­place Lunga Lunga MP Khatib Mwashetani, who de­fected to Ju­bilee. But Wa­fula termed the move ir­reg­u­lar.

Turkana Se­na­tor John Mun­yes has also left the party for Ju­bilee.

Ac­cord­ing to Wa­fula, only the Gen­eral Coun­cil, with a mem­ber­ship of 450 and the 1,400-mem­ber Na­tional Del­e­gates’ Con­fer­ence, are re­spon­si­ble for the con­sti­tu­tion of the party’s NEC.

“The NDC is the high­est pol­icy or­gan of the party. In its life­time, it’s sup­posed to meet twice, but has never met since 2011,” he said. The party’s NDC nominates the pres­i­den­tial can­di­date. We­tang’ula has claimed that his party has al­ready en­dorsed him as its pres­i­den­tial can­di­date.

The Gen­eral Coun­cil on the other hand is man­dated to meet ev­ery year, but has never met.

The NEC, the en­gine that drives the af­fairs of the party, is re­quired to meet on a quar­terly ba­sis, but has not met for years, Wa­fula said.

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