Scheme to re­move We­tang’ula from Ford-K helm – Khal­wale

‘From our records, Ken Wa­fula vied for the Se­nate seat in Trans Nzoia through Sa­fina party. He has never de­fected to Ford Kenya, so he is not a mem­ber’

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

There is a plot to re­move Bun­goma Sen­a­tor Moses We­tang’ula as Ford Kenya leader, deputy party chief Boni Khal­wale said yes­ter­day. He said the “scheme” will not suc­ceed.

Khal­wale said ac­tivist Ken Wa­fula – who says he has been en­dorsed by some of­fi­cials and el­ders to re­place We­tang’ula – is not a mem­ber of Ford Kenya.

“From our records, Wa­fula vied for the Se­nate seat in Trans Nzoia in 2013 through Sa­fina party. He has never de­fected to Ford Kenya. He is not a mem- ber and should keep off Ford Kenya af­fairs,” he told the Star on the phone.

Khal­wale said Wa­fula is be­ing used by “some forces” to give the im­pres­sion We­tang’ula is un­der siege.

“Let those doubt­ing We­tang’ula’s pop­u­lar­ity be pa­tient and they will know the truth, be­cause the elec­tions are just around the cor­ner,” he said.

Khal­wale said no el­der has en­dorsed Wa­fula.

“The Coun­cil of El­ders in Bun­goma has a clear struc­ture of lead­er­ship and none of those struc­tures or its lead­ers have said they sup­port Wa­fula,” he said.

We­tang’ula has been fac­ing what ap­pears to be grow­ing re­bel­lion in his party after 10 branches in the North Rift en­dorsed a plan to sack him.

Of­fi­cials said they are col­lect­ing sig­na­tures to sack We­tang’ula at a spe­cial Na­tional Delegates Con­fer­ence next month.

Last week, Wa­fula met of­fi­cials and they re­solved to sack We­tang’ula for al­legedly mis­man­ag­ing the party. The North Rift branches en­dorsed Wa­fula to take over as the in­terim party leader. A group of el­ders, led by Maruti Wabomba, also met in We­buye and en­dorsed Wa­fula.

The North Rift of­fi­cials who de­nounced We­tang’ula in­clude chair­men Caleb Aru­sei (Nandi), James Cox (Baringo), John Bun­yasi (Uasi Gishu), and El­geyo Marak­wet sec­re­tary David Kanda.

Nyali MP Hezron Awiti, Ford Kenya leader Moses We­tang’ula and Ki­minini MP Chris Wa­malwa at Kon­gowea AIC in Nyali, Mom­basa, last Sun­day

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