Rival groups fighting to control Ford Kenya have clashed over a National Delegates Congress in which the party leader Moses Wetang’ula might be ousted.
Wetang’ula has declared the November 12 NDC convened by Kanduyi Mp Wafula Wamunyinyi as null, void and without the backing of party organs.
The registrar also made things worse for Wetang’ula’s faction of the National Executive Council saying that it lacks quorum required by the party constitution to overturn his ouster by the Wamunyinyi’s faction.
Wetang’ula has over the time insisted that the Tongaren MP Eseli Simuyu, was suspended from office and therefore has no legal authority to summon an NDC.
“Honourable Eseli Simiyu was suspended from the office of the secretary general of the party on May 31,2020 and he was also prohibited from transacting the business of the party,” Wetangula said.
The Bungoma senator replaced Simiyu with Kiminini Mp Chris Wamalwa.
But Simiyu hit back at Wetang’ula maintaining he was a legally recognised Ford Kenya secretary general and therefore authorised to convene an NDC meeting.
“I have never been legally suspended as secretary general, the meeting that purportedly suspended me was found by the registrar of political parties to have lacked quorum,” Simiyu said.
The Tongaren Mp said the upcoming NDC meeting will go on as planned because it had been convened legally by the secretary general.
“I am the one authorised by the constitution to convene the NDC, Wetang’ula is too scared because he knows he is no longer the party leader. He had said we did a coup, now that we have convened the NDC, why is he worried?” Simiyu said.
As the two factions head into a fierce battle, the attempts to oust key politicians from the parties they lead as 2022 politics take.
It also happened to the ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi.
The coming NDC meeting has the backing of major political players in the country who are executing a radical political scheme to ‘deflate’ Wetang’ula by ejecting him from the party.
The team behind Wetang’ula’s removal from the party surprisingly gave the unkempt Wamunyinyi to speak for Ford Kenya at the BBI launch on October 26.
Wetang’ula also spoke at the presidential even but the crack in Ford Kenya was exposed to the world.
ODM leader Raila Odinga has been accused of being behind the ‘ousters’ as he works ways to make Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya his kingpin in Luhya nation ahead of 2022.
The November 21 NDC convened by Wamunyinyi could see Wetang’ula ejected from the helm of Ford Kenya.