Ford-Kenya rebels plot to re­move We­tang’ula

Leader calls NGC to name him flag­bearer, rebels meet on same day to re­place him

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - MATHEWS NDANYI @ndany­i_­math­ews

Ford Kenya is headed for a ma­jor in­ter­nal clash and split as a rene­gade fac­tion seeks to re­move party leader Moses We­tang’ula for uni­lat­er­ally anoint­ing him­self pres­i­den­tial flag­bearer.

They rebels say he has not called a ma­jor party meet­ing for three years.

We­tang’ula has called a National Gov­ern­ing Coun­cil meet­ing on Novem­ber 26 at the Bo­mas of Kenya to con­firm his can­di­dacy for Pres­i­dent.

Mu­ti­neers have called par­al­lel meet­ing in Thika on the same day and plan to name Trans Nzoia Se­nate as­pi­rant Ken Wafula as party leader. It has drawn up a list of of­fi­cials.

National or­gan­is­ing sec­re­tary Peter Mun­yae yes­ter­day said more than 350 del­e­gates will at­tend the Thika meet­ing. “We’ve fi­nalised plans. Mem­bers who want to sal­vage the party have raised funds so it suc­ceeds,” he said.

Deputy party leader Boni Khal­wale has dis­missed the plan as il­le­gal and a vi­o­la­tion of the party’s con­sti­tu­tion. He said only sec­re­tary gen­eral Eseli Simiyu and party leader have pow­ers to con­vene such meet­ings. “Strangers have no such man­date. Such a plan is ir­rel­e­vant,” Khal­wale said.

The rebel fac­tion is ac­cused of be­ing spon­sored by out­siders to wreck the party from within. It has emerged that a list of 51 new of­fi­cials to be elected and en­dorsed in Thika is cir­cu­lat­ing.

In ad­di­tion to Wafula as leader, it lists Mun­yae as sec­re­tary gen­eral, Gabriel Han­jari from Kil­ifi as first deputy party leader and En­gi­neer Julius Nyarotso as sec­ond deputy party leader.

Si­aya’s An­drew Aduda has been pro­posed for chair­man, Kisii’s Raphael Raini for trea­surer, Machakos’ Josephine Maungu for vice chair­man in charge of women’s af­fairs and Garissa’s Kha­tra Si­gat for vice chair­man in charge of youth af­fairs.

The Wafula-led rene­gades ac­cuse We­tang’ula of vi­o­lat­ing the party con­sti­tu­tion by fail­ing to con­vene meet­ings for more than three years. They say he made him­self party’s flag­bearer with­out fol­low­ing pro­ce­dures.


Kakamega Se­na­tor Boni Khal­wale, Se­nate mi­nor­ity leader Moses We­tang’ula and Mom­basa Se­na­tor Has­san Omar in St John’s Catholic Church, Jomvu con­stituency, on Sun­day

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