More Ford-K officials want Wetang’ula out
Endorse Wafula as interim party leader
Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula faces growing rebellion after officials from 10 more North Rift branches yesterday endorsed a plan to remove him from party leadership.
The officials said they are collecting signatures and will remove Wetang’ula at a special National Delegates’ Conference next month.
Trouble started in Kisumu last week when party officials, led by Ken Wafula of Trans Nzoia, resolved to relieve Wetang’ula of his duties.
They accused him of mismanaging Ford-K. Yesterday, Wafula said he wants to reform the party as Wetang’ula has refused to call for grassroots elections.
The North Rift officials want Wafula as interim party leader until they the NDC. They include branch chairmen James Cox (Baringo), John Bunyasi (Uasin Gishu) and Caleb Arusei (Nandi). Also present was David Kanda who is secretary in Elgeyo Marakwet.
“Our party has grown weaker because Wetang’ula does not offer the leadership we want. We have to save it ahead of the 2017 polls,” Cox said.
The officials criticised Wetang’ula for refusing to convene meetings and endorsing himself as the party’s presidential candidate without going through the proper channels as required by their party’s constitution.
Cox said Wetang’ula has unprocedurally appointed National Executive Committee members. Kanda said, “Forty people are in the NEC illegally. We can’t allow this to go on.” The officials said Wetang’ula is an obstacle to Luhya unity because he makes impossible demands “as if he controls the Luhya voting bloc”.