Senator Moses Wetangula will no longer hold the position of Ford Kenya’s party leader. This follows the formal gazettement regarding his ouster by the Registrar of Political Parties on Monday.
Ann Nderitu, the Registrar of Political Parties in a particular notice dated June 8, officially confirmed the ouster of Wetangula.
Kanduyi MP Athanas Wafula Wamunyinyi replaces the Bungoma Senator. Mrs. Nderitu further noted the replacement of the party’s National Organizing Secretary, Chris Mandu Mandu, by Josephine Waungu.
“Any individual with written submissions regarding the intended replacements by the political party shall within seven days from the date herein present them to the Registrar of Political Parties,” read the notice.
On May 31, Ford Kenya’s National Executive Council decided to remove senator Wetangula following claims of abuse of office and gross misconduct.
While speaking to the press after a delegates meeting, the party’s secretary-general Eseli Simiyu said the party had lost its ideologies under Wetangula’s leadership.
Bungoma’s governor Wycliffe Wangamati who was present to witness Wetangula’s ouster, said the decision was informed by the need to prepare the party better ahead of the 2022 general elections.
Hours later, in a subsequent press briefing, Wetangula disputed his removal as party leader. He referred to the meeting that planned on his ouster as illegal.
“Do not panic as coups represent the archaic order of cowards. Anyone interested in a Ford Kenya seat should file their papers and wait for the party elections at Bomas of Kenya. I am confident delegates will give me another opportunity to continue leading this party,” he said.
Further, he announced the dismissal of party secretary-general Dr. Eseli Simiyu whom he replaced with Chris Wamalwa.
Additionally, Wetangula said Vincent Mogaka would replace his alleged replacement Wafula Wamunyinyi as the Sectoral chair for livestock.
“We strongly condemn all idlers in the party who plan narrow-minded coups at a time when the country faces hardship brought about by the covid-19 pandemic,” stated Wetangula.