Ford Kenya embarks on sanitization mission

Kiminini MP Dr Chris Wamalwa (left) shares a word with his Kwanza counterpart Ferdinand Wamyonyi during a party meeting on February 7, 2021 in Kitale. Photo/Courtesy

Ford Kenya leaders in Trans Nzoia have defended a recent clean up exercise that saw officials who are perceived to be rebels replaced with a new team that is charged with the mandate of revamping the outfit ahead of the 2022 general elections.

Ford Kenya chairman in Trans Nzoia Ferdinand Wanyonyi who is the Kwanza MP and his Kiminini counterpart Dr. Chris Wamalwa said the party must move forward with loyal soldiers who are result oriented.

“The party is looking forward to securing a majority of the elective slots in Trans Nzoia County in 2022. We must have a dedicated team that will ensure that we achieve our goals and not traitors,” said Mr. Wanyonyi.

The party’s legal mind Benson Milimo took the meeting through proposals to rid the party of perceived rebels following their close ranks with the coup team which is led by Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi and Tongaren’s Eseli Simiyu.

By acclamation, the meeting resolved to have interim officials among then Joseph Pepela as the county secretary replacing Patrick Simiyu while Aggrey Nalianya rose to the rank of youth leader in place of Rodgers Barasa who is engaged elsewhere.

Dr. Wamalwa said the party must take a painful decision of having officials who walk the talk to enable it restore its lost glory as the 2022 general elections draw nigh with focus on regaining control of elective positions.

“We are committed to reclaiming our glory and this can only happen if we have a team that is moving in the same direction. This does not however mean that we are chasing anyone out of the party,” he said.

The party leader Moses Wetang’ula who was present took a reconciliatory path saying there is need for all dissenting teams to call a truce and walk in the same direction for the outfit to be stronger in coming elections.

“For us to be attractive, we have to be united. I urge all of us to be considerate to bring back on board everybody since their input is very key to the growth of this party,” said Senator Wetang’ula.