NAIROBI, Kenya May 31 – Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula has dismissed as hot air, an announcement by a section of party leaders that he had been dismissed from the top post.
He said he can only be removed in party elections.
“A grouping calling themselves NEC members of this party, assembled in some five-star hotel, after airlifting some imposters from Kisumu and Mombasa. People who are not NEC officials or members of this party and purported to make decisions of this party,” Wetangula said, shortly after a declaration was made by a section of leaders, who installed Kanduyi Member of Parliament Wafula Wamunyinyi as the new party leader.
Wetangula described leaders who claimed to have ousted him as “errant members” whom he vowed to discipline.
MPs Wamunyinyi, Eseli Simiyu (Tongaren) and Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati engineered Wetangula’s ouster, accusing him of reneging on his mandate to unite the party, claims dismissed as “baseless”.
The leaders had attended a Luhya meeting that was convened by Central Organization Trade Union (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli on Friday. Wetangula and Amani National Congress Party leader Musalia Mudavadi skipped the meeting.
Wetangula who has previously stirred controversy after he was removed from the Senate Minority leadership position last year urged party members not to panic in the wake of the “cowardice acts of the party’s splinter group”.
He subsequently announced the suspension of MPs Eseli Simiyu and Wamunyinyi from the party posts they held. Wamunyinyi is the party’s Secretary-General.
Last year, Wetangula was on the headlines with his “noisy and messy” when he was replaced by Siaya Senator James Orengo (ODM) as Senate Minority leader.
He has now warned of a brutal fight ahead.
“When you choose the path of evil the consequences await you,” he affirmed.
He said his deputy Richard Onyoka (Kitutu Chache South) was steadfast, having declined to support the ouster bid.
“I salute my deputy who was put under immense pressure by these dark forces of evil to accept to be part of the treachery of the leadership of the party,” he said.
Ford Kenya has 13 Members of Parliament, two Governors and 85 Members of County Assembly.
Cementing his authority in the party, Wetangula announced that the party had opted to take disciplinary action against the rebel members with MP Eseli suspended from the Secretary-General’s post.
The post was handed to Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa.
MP Wamunyinyi was stripped off the party’s position of Secretary for Livestock and Agriculture and the position handed to West Mugirango MP Vincet Kemosi who will serve in an acting capacity pending the party elections.
Wetangula alleged that Governor Wangamati was bank-rolling his ouster plot and asked the relevant government agencies to launch an investigation against him even as he cautioned that the party was not a Bungoma affair.
The new party Secretary General MP Wamalwa noted that the party would not relent to discipline the errant members including sanctioning them.
“Choices have consequences.,” he said.