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Wetangula Expelled From Ford Kenya Leadership For Abuse Of Office And Misappropriation Of Funds.

A section of Ford Kenya leadership addressing the press during a press briefing at a Thika Hotel.
CORD Co-Principal and Ford Kenya Party leader Moses Masika Wetangula has been ejected from the helm of the party leadership after what the members of the National executive Council termed as misappropriation of party funds and gross abuse of office.

In a meeting held in a Thika Hotel, delegates from 15 counties accused Wetangula of ‘killing’ the party organs since he assumed the leadership of the party six years ago.

“We have gathered here today to address some of the challenges that our party are faced with since the elevation of Wetangula as the party chairman. He has flouted virtually all the sections of the party constitution. Who gave him the mandate to appoint his friends in the NEC. The appointment of Bonny Khalwale to the position of Deputy Party leader is null and void. This is the mandate of the National Delegate Council and as per our constitution, these are elective posts that cannot be assumed by an individual,” said Peter Munyae the Ford Kenya National Organising Secretary.

Munyae accused Wetangula of evading party elections that should have been held last year adding that the party now risked deregistration by the Registrar of Parties for a bleach of the Political Parties Act.

“Ford Kenya is threatened with deregistration for bleaching all the rules of the Political Parties Act. The national leadership of any political party in Kenya is supposed to portray the face of Kenya. Wetangula’s version of the leadership is now a Western Kenya affair with him as the leader and Khalwale as his deputy. We are definitely going to work out a formula to salvage the party from sinking as a result of poor leadership,” said Munyae.

Trans Nzoia Chairperson and the proposed party leader Ken Wafula said that since Wetangula had failed to respond to the accusations leveled against him a week ago, the delegates had no other option but to demand him to vacate his position. He termed the elevation of Wetangula into the helm of Ford Kenya leadership 6 years ago as worst accident to have ever happened.

“Wetangula must go if at all this party is to regain its position as a respected and formidable force in the 2017 elections. We have carried this burden (Wetangula) for the last five years. This burden was from KANU and we are telling Gideon Moi and Isaac Salat that we are leaving your burden on the roadside for you to pick it up. We are going to change the entire leadership of Ford Kenya and nothing is going to stop us,” said Wafula.

He warned Khalwale to stop acting as an official of the party since according to Wafula, Khalwale was acting illegally as he was still an UDF member and Senator.

Mumo Kitheka, the National Secretary for Human Rights & Democracy realisation wondered the logic behind Wetangula’s participation in the mass action against the IEBC if he himself could not guarantee democracy within his own party. He said that there was no way they would allow people from one region to take over the party and they would ensure that they restored sanity and order within the party.

Felix Minja said that the party needed to review its constitution to eradicate sections that contradicted each other. He sighted an example of the existence of both a party chairman and party leader positions as one of the main reasons there existed friction within the party organs.

Nairobi’s chairperson Lupesia Komesa described Wetangula’s political history as scandalous and he was unfit to run for presidency. He demanded an audit of the party’s financial accounts claiming that Wetangula had pocketed about sh. 11 million assigned to the party as government grant to parties without involving the party organs.

“Enough is enough. We want Wetangula to tell us where the sh. 3milliom he has been receiving annually for the last four years from ODM as the party’s share from the government has been going. If he can steal party money, what will happen if he becomes the president (of Kenya). Si atamaliza pesa yote ya serikali?”posed Komesa.

The counties represented in this press briefing included Kericho, Bomet, Kisumu, Trans Nzoia, Machakos, Makueni, Kitui, Embu Meru, Kirinyaga, Nyandarua, Murang’a, Kiambu, Nairobi among others. A month ago in Kisumu, 18 other counties met and resolved the same. They are soon meeting 10 other counties in the Rift Valley in the pursuit of the same agenda.

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