Fight over Ford Kenya: Wetang’ula having a dose of his own medicine

Bungoma Senator and Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula /Courtesy

Don’t they say history repeats itself?

Well, embattled Ford Kenya leader Senator Moses Wetang’ula is not only facing a messy and noisy divorce in the party but the ejection is also likely to have casualties.

Wetang’ula is fighting to keep control following an attempted coup in which he was dismissed as the party leader.

He was one of President Daniel Moi’s lawyers and a Kanu insider. Kanu nominated him to Parliament in 1992.

He was out between 1997 and 2002 when he left Kanu and joined Musikari Kombo’s Ford Kenya.

Now, secretary general Eseli Simiyu, who Wetang’ula says is his close friend, wants him out of the party.

The Bungoma senator described the alleged coup as unlawful and archaic.

But those behind the takeover seem to have learnt the game from him and previous party leaders. He removed Kombo in a coup that resulted in the formation of a another off-shoot, New Ford Kenya in December 2006.

This is despite Wetang’ula supporting the then Webuye MP for the party chairman against Mukhisa Kituyi (Tongaren) and Noah Wekesa (Kwanza).

Years later in 2017, Wetang’ula said he regretted endorsing Kombo.

“I personally supported Kombo against Mukhisa Kituyi and Noah Wekesa who wanted to lead the party at that time. I think that is one of my most costly mistakes in my political career. To support someone who came to fail the party,” he said during an interview on KTN.

“Our first mistake was to form a partnership with PNU. We also forgot that the party must remain independent and keep fighting for positions against other parties until we found ourselves with a single parliamentarian,” Wetang’ula said.

He, however, went on to commit the same mistakes by joining other parties to form Cord and Nasa coalitions.

Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi, who was picked to take over as the interim party leader, accused Wetang’ula of these very crimes.

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