The wrangles in Ford-Kenya took a new twist when party leader Moses Wetang’ula was told to step down.
Bukusu council of elders also demanded that ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi joins the Uhuru Kenyatta in the lead up to the 2022 general election. Former provincial administrator Maurice Makhanu said the Bungoma senator should also shelve his presidential ambitions since he has not made an impact, considering that he is not in control of Bungoma and Trans Nzoia counties assumed to be Ford Kenya strongholds.
He claimed to have personally talked to Wetang’ula to see the need to quit the party now that its founders Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi and his Tongaren counterpart, Eseli Simiyu, lost confidence in his leadership. The retired PC said the former Foreign Affairs minister should also keep off the affairs of Bungoma county leadership under Governor Wycliffe Wangamati for the sake of development of the area. Addressing newspeople at Chewai Hotel in Bungoma town, Makhanu who also served as Kanduyi MP added that Ford Kenya needed a national outlook as opposed to the current situation where it is viewed as a Bukusu party. “I personally talked to the senator as an elder and told him not to continue soiling his name. It is not a must he is the party leader. Leaders come and go and I think the time has come for him to leave the seat after failing to make the party look national,” he noted.
Makhanu said Wetang’ula was to blame for the disunity among Bukusu, adding that the elders’ efforts to unite him with Governor Wangamati had hit the rocks. “We have summoned him several times to come with his father for talks with the governor’s father but he has always failed to show up,” he added. The senator is reported to have told off Makhanu, saying he is fully in charge of the party pending the outcome of a court suit he filed against coup plotters – Wamunyinyi and Eseli. He said they were in the process of conducting party national elections when the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic came calling in March. “The coup was sponsored by outsiders but internally, to command the majority. Wamunyinyi has no capacity to lead the party but was only installed by people who wanted to embarrass and portray me as an unpopular leader,” he said.
On Mudavadi, Makhanu reminded the former vice president that there will be only two camps in 2022 polls with Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga on one side and William Ruto on the other. “I told him not to create a third force but join the president and bargain from within. The president will definitely have some influence on his successor. Just running for the presidency and coming third or fourth does not make sense. What is important is to be in the mainstream of the political government,” he noted. Makhanu observed that Luhyas stand a chance of producing a compromise candidate and stressed the need to be on the president’s side.