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Ford-K rebels plan to join CS Wamalwa new party – Weekly Citizen



Battle for party and political supremacy is looming in western region following the recent gazzetement of Democratic Action Party of Kenya. The party is said to be the brainchild of Devolution cabinet secretary
Eugene Wamalwa and Bungoma governor Wycliffe Wangamati. The Registrar of Political Parties recently gazzetted the Dapk and David Muchele appointed as national chairman.

Eugene Wamalwa

The move has sparked what could be a bruising duel between regional rivals, Eugene, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, Ford-Kenya party leader Moses Wetangula and Mukhisa Kituyi. The party insiders revealed that it will be used to rally behind one Luhya presidential candidate who will take care of the region’s interests. Weekly Citizen has learnt that the party is scouting to pick Kituyi or Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya as their presidential flag bearers. Oparanya is a close ally of Raila Odinga and is his second in command in ODM party. “We have consulted widely across our membership and agreed that we support Uhuru Kenyatta and Building Bridges initiative even as we field our own candidates for other positions come 2022,” said a source from the party.

Mukhisa Kituyi

The party is planning to unveil candidates for various elective seats in the entire country come 2022.Political observers well-versed with the party operations disclosed that the newly formed party has already the blessings of Busia governor Sospeter Ojaamong, Oparanya and Trans Nzoia county assembly speaker Joshua Werunga. According to Benard Wakamala, in case CS Wamalwa will not run for Trans Nzoia gubernatorial seat, the party will consider Rift Valley regional commissioner George Natembeya or Andrew Wanyonyi to fly the Dapk party ticket in the Trans Nzoia gubernatorial election come 2022.

Wafula Wamunyinyi

“As you are aware, parties are established to either form governments or if outside, to influence the government’s decision-making,” said Wakamala. He said Mudavadi and Wetang’ula parties cannot make any meaningful impact on the presidency with the region’s 1.2 million registered voters. “That will be an exercise in futility and the reason why this drive is paramount,’’ he added. He added that Dapk will open its doors to other leaders which have been subjected to unfair treatment in their respective parties.

Eseli Simiyu

In Bungoma county, if Wetangula hands Ford-Kenya ticket to other candidate rather than incumbent governor who was elected of Ford Kenya party, Wangamati handlers will pursue him to seek his re-election through Dapk. Talk is rife in Bungoma that Wetangula is in talks with senate speaker Ken Lusaka to run for gubernatorial seat on Ford Kenya ticket. Lusaka’s name is the talk on the ground after Wangamati’s poor performance in office. The latest circus has forced the lion party to be run from two centres; one at the party’s official residence at Ole Dume Road and the other at Radisson Blue hotel.

Didmus Barasa

Faces of discontent against Wetangula’s party leadership are alive and ready to strike upon any instigation with a clear target, with his biggest undoing of use and dump – many of his allies are still defecting to newly formed party Dapk blaming him of employing Kanu-style tactics of being selfish and vengeful. There has been a silent but bitter rivalry between Wetangula and other MPs including Kanduyi’s Wafula Wamunyinyi and Eseli Simiyu of Tongaren where the two have been campaigning against Wetangula over the control of Bungoma politics.

Chris Wamalwa

Wetangula knows Wangamati is working in cahoots with his political foes Wamunyinyi and Eseli to create a new centre of power in the region. The anti-Wetangula forces in Ford-Kenya are set to defect to the CS Wamalwa associated party. It is also emerging, pro-UDA forces in the region led by Didmus Barasa, John Waluke, Dan Wanyama, Bonnie Khalwale and Mwambu Mabonga of Bumula are likely to join the bandwagon. Among those targeted as members of the party are former national speaker Kenneth Marende and former cabinet minister Paul Otwuoma.

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