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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,31ST MAY 2020-Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula has dismissed his removal as Ford Kenya’s party leader as an illegality meted out by a cabal of impostors.
Addressing a press conference on Sunday, Wetangula accused the party’s NEC of airlifting impostors to bundle him out of the party leadership.
“They were airlifting impostors yesterday from Kisumu and Mombasa, those people are not even members of Ford Kenya’s NEC,” he said.
The embattled senator alleges that several people were booked at the high-end Radisson Blu hotel before meeting to vote on his ouster.
Further, he claims that those who voted in favour of his ouster were coerced into making the unlawful changes.
“A grouping calling themselves NEC members of this party airlifted people who are not officials of this party; booked & detained them forcefully overnight & made decisions affecting this party. We shall discipline these truant & errant members,” he said.
In a retaliatory move, Wetangula suspended the party’s Secretary General David Simiyu and replaced him with Chris Wamalwa.
At the same time, he rubbished the changes by the party’s NEC and asked anyone interested in being a party leader to file their papers and wait for the yet-to-be-announced party elections at the Bomas of Kenya.
“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,” he added.
Earlier on Sunday, the Ford Kenya NEC had announced that Wetangula had been kicked out as the party leader on accusations of moral impropriety and gross misconduct.
The party’s NEC moved to have him replaced by Kanduyi member of parliament Wafula Wamuninyi on an interim basis.