Litmus test for Ford Kenya as rival groups claim control of Lion party
SEE ALSO :Denial will perpetuate deadly poll chaosThe Tongaren MP termed Wafula a gun for hire out to wreck the party ahead of the elections. “Wafula has no authority to talk about Ford Kenya. What his group is doing is illegal,’’ he said. But Wafula dismissed Eseli’s sentiments, saying he has been a member of Ford Kenya since 1996. “That I am not a Ford Kenya member is falsehood spread by Eseli and Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale. The two recently confirmed my status as a genuine member at the Registrar of Political Parties,’’ he said. Party elections Wafula has turned the tables on Wetang’ula and other Ford Kenya leaders, demanding an explanation on failure by the party to conduct elections every four years and convene the National Delegates Convention (NDC) every two years.
SEE ALSO :Wetang'ula vows to stick with Mudavadi“Wetang’ula should respond to our grievances during the general council meeting in Thika. We also expect him to explain why he should be the Ford Kenya presidential candidate and lay strategies on the table. We doubt he is capable of flying the party’s flag,’’ said Wafula. The party’s Nairobi branch chairman Lupesa Komesa and his Khwisero counterpart Zadock Mbinyi have warned members against attending the Bomas meeting. They said the Thika meeting will bring together 300 members from the 47 counties, 290 party constituency leaders, 386 delegates and 51 NGC members. “We have mobilised our members to make sure we have one meeting in Thika. Any member who attends the Bomas meeting will face the consequences. We are the true owners of Ford Kenya and capable of leading the party,’’ said Komesa. The two officials have blamed the wrangles in Ford Kenya on Khalwale, the newly appointed deputy leader, and took issue with Wetang’ula for flaunting party laws by appointing the senator as his deputy. “Khalwale is a stranger who has imposed himself in the party. He is the genesis of all these problems. He was handpicked in an outright violation of the party constitution. A number of FK MPs are with us,’’ said Mbinyi.