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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,20TH MARCH 2018-Bungoma senator Moses Wetangula has suffered a major blow after ODM party ejected him as the senate minority leader.This is after ODM Senators met.
His position will be taken by Siaya senator James Orengo while his Kakamega counterpart Cleophas Malala will be his deputy.
The move has been condemned by Kiminini member of parliament Cris Wamalwa who says what has happened to Wetangula was in bad faith.According to Wamalwa it is an Outright act of ungratefulness on the side of NASA principals themselves who will suffer the consequences.The legislature who is a member of ford Kenya party which Wetangula is the leader says the future will judge NASA harshly.”This is most unfortunate and it can not go without consequences in future i don’t think what has happened to Wetangula was fair”.he told journalist in Nairobi.
About 19 senators who attended Nasa’s Parliamentary Group meeting at Parliament Buildings in Nairobi unanimously voted to replace Mr Wetang’ula with Mr Orengo.
On Thursday last week, the Orange Democratic Movement Parliamentary Group meeting at Orange House Passed a resolution to kick out Mr Wetang’ula over claims of mistreating his colleagues in the House.
The speaker was informed of the move but delayed granting ODM its wishes.
Mr Lusaka ruled that even though the party’s meeting that resolved to have the senator replaced was valid, his removal would be suspended as the election of Mr Orengo as his replacement was not procedural.
The speaker’s ruling is the reason Nasa senators met on Tuesday to ratify ODM’s decision.
NASA leader Raila Odinga had last week told Wetang’ula and his NASA co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi that he was was not party to the plot to remove him as Minority leader.
Raila met Wetang’ula on Saturday and Kalonzo on Sunday and reportedly told the two that those plotting the Ford-K leader’s removal were doing so behind his back.
“He told the two that he does not support the move and that he was not aware of the plot,” said a source familiar with the discussions.
Yesterday, the three co-principals were in Kitui West, campaigning for Wiper candidate Edith Nyenze in the forthcoming by-election. Kalonzo described Wetang’ula as the glue that holds NASA in Parliament and rubbished plans to dethrone him from the Senate perch.