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Sunday, 15 March 2015

Ford Kenya reaches out to rebels

Members of Ford Kenya who defected from the party in Trans Nzoia county have been asked to return home and strengthen the party.
Addressing party leaders from different subcounties during the official opening of the party county office, party boss Moses Wetang’ula said there is enough room for members who had decamped the party to return as he gears for his inaugural bid for the presidency come 2017.
Wetang’ula challenged party leaders from the grassroots to county level including MPs, senators, governors and members of county assembly to work together and stop internal wrangles among themselves that can destroy the image of the party. Wetang’ula said the party will soon hold grassroots elections and help those who have not acquired identification cards to do so. On national politics, Wetang’ula accused Jubilee government for corruption and called upon the government not to blind Kenyans with Anglo Leasing case while those who ate chicken in the IEBC saga, the standard gauge railway construction and the mystery over the laptop project still remain unattended to. He said if the Jubilee government is really serious in fighting impunity, they should take steps against those involved in the chicken-gate scandal and lambasted the Jubilee of unfair distribution of the national cake saying that former President Mwai Kibaki’s government was better as there was fair job distribution in government.
Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa who had accompanied the party leader said they will not accept Wetang’ula to step down come 2017 but they will ensure he goes up to the ballot box. He said the party will identify strong candidates with formidable strength to win in the next general elections through above the board nomination across country. He said the party has few members in the Trans Nzoia county assembly due to the fact that weak candidates were given nomination certificates under unclear circumstances in the last general elections. He asked residents to identify strong leaders even in the coming party grassroots elections so as to lay  a strong foundation with strong leaders on the ground to influence the electorate.
Wamalwa challenged FK rebels like Noah Wekesa among others to rejoin the party ahead of 2017. On security, the MP said since the security is not devolved, Trans Nzoia county commissioner should wake up and stop sleeping on his job. He was referring to an incident in which a watchman was shot dead by unknown assailants.
Wanyonyi rebuked those with intentions to weaken the party in the county through propaganda to rock it from within. He said he was in good terms with Khaemba, adding that what voters were yearning for was for Khaemba to work hard so that Ford Kenya can retain the gubernatorial seat in 2017. Wanyonyi cautioned those with wayward characters to mend their ways: “Members let us not behave like mosquitoes which transmit the dreaded malaria virus from one person to other causing wrangles in FK,” said Wanyonyi.
Khaemba complained before Wetang’ula that those fighting him were from Ford Kenya and that they were doing so as opponents watch the sideshows that have been ongoing for sometime.
“My party leader, I’m telling you that am naked sir! FK members are the ones fighting me while our competitors are watching,” he paused.
Trans Nzoia senator Henry Ole Ndiema said he has never been at any political war with the governor or any FK member, adding that his work was that of an overseer and that where there was any problem, he has always been handy to seek solution and correct the mess which did not mean he was fighting anybody.
Wetang’ula asked county leaders to arrange for another meeting in order to discuss and iron out all the differences amongst the leaders.
Sources allege that those fighting the governor are hitting back at him for his failure to do the balancing act and appoint even those who did not support in 2013. They said the governor has failed in toto to visit even those homes that he would at night visit during his campaigns, accusing him of awarding tenders to groups that did not even support him.
Those he is said to have abandoned are among them, chief executive officers and businessmen in the cosmopolitan town who toiled for him during the campaigns and who have not been offered any jobs. Khaemba however has however refuted the claims saying that he can not employ all people and asked those with complaints to visit him in the office instead of making public pronouncements that are not true. Deputy governor Stanley Tarus is among those who attended the official opening of the Ford Kenya county office.