Registrar of Political parties gazettes Wetangula’s ouster as Ford Kenya party Leader
Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula has suffered a major blow after the registrar of political parties Ann Nderitu on Monday gazetted his removal from the Ford Kenya party leadership.
In a special gazette notice dated June 8, 2020, the registrar gave notice of Wetangula’s ouster and replacement with Kanduyi Member of Parliament Athanas W. Wamunyinyi.
Nderitu also noted that the party’s National Organizing Secretary Chris Mandu Mandu had also been removed and replaced with Josephine Waungu.
“Any person with written submissions concerning the intended change by the political party shall within 7 days from the date herein deposit them with the Registrar of Political Parties,” read the notice in part.
Ford Kenya’s National Executive Council on May 31, 2020 resolved to dismiss Senator Wetangula as party leader on the grounds of gross misconduct.
While addressing the press after a delegates meeting, Secretary General Eseli Simuyi said the party had lost its ideals under Wetangula’s leadership.
Wetangula, in a subsequent press address only hours later, dismissed his ouster from the party leadership terming the meeting that resolved to kick him out as “illegal.”
“Don’t panic, coups are archaic to good order and activities of cowards. Anybody who wants to run for a seat in Ford Kenya file your papers and let’s meet at Bomas. I have no doubt delegates will still give me a chance to run this party,” said Wetangula
Wetangula then dismissed Wamunyinyi, Simiyu , and their allies from their positions but the changes were nullified by Registrar of Political Parties noting that the Bungoma Senator’s team did not meet the threshold needed in the NEC meeting.
The Simiyu-led faction successfully organized a NEC meeting which picked Wamunyinyi as the acting Party Leader and Josephine Maungu as the acting National Organizing Secretary.