Wamalwa appointed Ford K secretary general as Wetang’ula dismisses coup

Kimininini MP Dr. Chris Wamalwa who has been appointed the interim secretary general reads a statement flanked by other party leaders in Nairobi on May 31, 2020. Photo/courtesy

Bungoma senator Moses Wetang’ula has sanctioned disciplinary measures against leaders within Ford Kenya party who on Sunday morning staged a coup to dismiss him from the party leadership position.

The party has appointed Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa as the acting secretary general to replace Dr. Eseli Simiyu while Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi has been stripped off the power of the sectoral department of livestock and Agriculture in favour of Vincent Mogaka of West Mugirango.

“We want to tell the team that Ford Kenya is not Bungoma affair since this is a national party. When you choose the path of evil, you must be aware that the consequences await you,” noted Wetang’ula.

He challenged anybody who has an intention of assuming the seat of party leadership to wait when the party will announce a date for elections instead of resorting to unlawful means.

“Coups are archaic and are activities of cowards. We want to tell our members countrywide not to be in a panic mode since whatever happened is null and void,” said the senator.

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The new development has come days after Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa was stripped off his deputy minority whip position in the national assembly in favour of Ford Kenya secretary general Eseli Simiyu.

In Trans Nzoia, the party’s county youth league vice-chairman Aggrey Nalianya told off leaders behind the ouster accusing them of being used by non-members to rock the boat of the party to suit certain political interests.

“We know that this scheme was engineered by COTU secretary general Francis Atwoli whose meeting recently endorsed Cs Eugene Wamalwa and Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya as Luhya spokesmen” Said Mr. Nalianya.

Ward representatives nominated on the party ticket have also termed the new development a scam saying it depicts a sinister motive by greedy individuals out to achieve selfish gains.

“The party has rules which govern its operations. Few individuals cannot purport to speak the mind of the party without seeking their blessings,” said nominated MCA Caro Makokha.