More Ford-K of­fi­cials want We­tang’ula out

En­dorse Wa­fula as in­terim party leader

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Western - MATHEWS NDANYI @ndany­i_­math­ews

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”.

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