Tongareni Member of Parliament and Ford Kenya Party Secretary-General Eseli Simyu on Friday re-submitted the correct documents to the Register of Political Parties (RPP), in regards to the ousting of Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula as the Party Leader.
The latest move came barely a day after Register of Political Parties (RPP) Ann Nderitu advised the leader’s to settle their disputes internally, in line with the Party constitution and provisions.
“..In this respect, you are advised to address the issues highlighted above in line with your party constitution and the relevant provisions of the law including Section 20 of the PPA and apprise us on the same,” read the statement from Nderitu.
It is then that Ford Kenya SG Dr Eseli and proclaimed Interim Party Leader Wafula Wamunyinyi finally handed in their duly signed Form PP7 as directed, in order to complete the changes of Party Leadership.
RPP stated that Senator Wetangula’s team failed to raise any quorum.
On Sunday, Dr. Eseli conveyed a meeting that ousted Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula as party leader, replacing him with Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi on an interim basis.
However, Wetangula dismissed the claims and instead, “fired” Eseli and Wamunyinyi from their seats.
The two factions later submitted their documents to RPP on Monday where Ms Nderitu affirmed Wetangula, Eseli and Wamunyinyi as the current bona fide officials “before the office confirms” the changes.
Both factions were taken back to the drawing board but with the Wetangula side suffering the most after the office finding them with weak quorum that could not be enough to effect any changes.
Speaking to Citizen TV on Friday, Dr. Eseli affirmed that the faction has rectified the required form as guided by the RPP and asked the office to give proper directions.
“We have rectified the error and resubmitted to the RPP as instructed and we are hoping that the officer will give proper direction,” said Eseli.
On their part, the Wetangula side which claims to have the Senator as Party Leader and Kiminini MP Dr. Chris Wamalwa as SG, has vowed to win the battle, terming the Eseli faction as ‘coup plotters’ who will face disciplinary actions once the battle to control the party is over.
According to the Ford Kenya constitution, the party can make changes if at least 35 out of the 75 NEC members approve the changes. In this case, Dr. Eseli’s camp raised 40 members, 5 more than the required minimum.
Speaking to Wakajuaness.Com on phone, Dr. Eseli blamed Senator Wetangula of threatening his NEC members if they don’t join his camp.
“We are aware that the Senator is using threats and blackmail to force our NEC members to join his side but in vain,” said Eseli.
Eseli also hailed his Members for standing strong for the benefit of the party and not for their individual gains.
“But our members have stood strong for justice and have ignored his threats,” Eseli added