We want NDC next month, MP Eseli told

400 Ford-K del­e­gates sign a pe­ti­tion to re­move We­tang’ula from party lead­er­ship

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

Ford Kenya leader Moses We­tang’ula faces what ap­pears to be a grow­ing re­bel­lion in his party af­ter more than 400 del­e­gates signed a pe­ti­tion to re­move him from of­fice.

The scheme is spear­headed by rebel branch chair­men, led by ac­tivist Ken Wa­fula. Most of those who have signed are from the Western, Rift Val­ley, Nyanza and Nairobi branches.

The pe­ti­tion­ers want sec­re­tary gen­eral Simiyu Eseli to sum­mon a Na­tional Del­e­gates’ Con­fer­ence next month so they can axe We­tang’ula from the po­si­tion. How­ever, deputy party leader Boni Khal­wale yes­ter­day dis­missed the move as ill-ad­vised and un­work­able.

Kwanza MP Fer­di­nand Wany­onyi, who is also the Trans Nzoia chair­man, yes­ter­day said they have banned Wa­fula from car­ry­ing out any ac­tiv­i­ties in the county. Wa­fula has de­clared his in­ter­est in the county’s Se­nate seat.

“We’ve said clearly Wa­fula is not a mem­ber of Ford Kenya. We’ll not al­low him to mess up the party or its leader. He has taken a wrong route,” Wany­onyi said.

But Wa­fula yes­ter­day said he will not give up on the wishes of party mem­bers in more than 35 coun­ties. He said they want Ford Kenya re­formed be­fore next year’s polls. The rebel group plans to host a del­e­gates’ meet­ing in Nairobi to dis­cuss the party lead­er­ship.

I’M BONA FIDE MEM­BER — WA­FULA

“We had the last NDC in 2011. As per our con­sti­tu­tion, we’ll use the meet­ing to con­vene the NDC this year. We’re al­lowed to do so if Eseli will not do it,” Wa­fula said as he showed this re­porter a list of those who signed the pe­ti­tion.

“Ford Kenya has grown weaker be­cause We­tang’ula is not in­ter­ested in strength­en­ing it.”

Wa­fula de­nied claims he is not a mem­ber of the party. He pro­duced his mem­ber­ship card and a con­fir­ma­tion from the reg­is­trar of political par­ties that he be­came a mem­ber af­ter de­fect­ing from Sa­fina in 2014.

Wa­fula dis­missed claims that he is used by out­siders to fight We­tang’ula. Khal­wale ac­cused the ac­tivist of be­ing used by some forces to give the im­pres­sion that We­tang’ula is un­der siege.

/VIC­TOR IMBOTO

Ac­tivist Ken Wa­fula at the Star of­fices on Oc­to­ber 10

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