Ford Kenya seeks to remove Trans Nzoia County Assembly minority leader from office

Ford Kenya party leader Senator Wetangula

The Trans Nzoia County assembly minority leader Emmanuel Waswa differed with Senator Wetangula after declaring that he will be contesting against Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi in the 2022 parliamentary elections, he’s a close ally of the party leader

By Sirengo Namasaka in Kitale


The power struggle pitting Ford-Kenya leader Moses Wetangula’s faction and that of Tongaren MP David Simiyu Eseli and his Kanduyi counterpart Wafula Wamunyinyi have taken a new twist with Wetangula seeking to remove party minority leader Emmanuel Waswa. Senator Wetangula’s move threatens to further reignite the feud with Wamunyinyi who is also leading a parallel faction.

Ford Kenya leaders led by Anthony Sikulu said in a meeting held yesterday in Kitale, where they accused the Bungoma senator of igniting feuds within the party for his gain. They said the party will only regain its lost glory through a National Delegates Congress from where they say Wetangula must be shown the door for running the party down on its knees.

Politicians allied to Hon. Wamunyinyi said Senator Wetang’ula’s mandate and that of other officials lapsed and that he has no authority to remove the minority leader from office

”We no longer recognize Wetang’ula as the party leader and we intend to remove him during the National delegates congress which he is opposed to”, said Sikulu. He said Wetangula’s efforts to oust the minority leader will be met with the full force of the law since the matter is still in court. Sikulu noted that Wetangula was only clinging to the party’s leadership through a court order that temporarily reinstated him, telling him to seek to unite the second largest political party in the country.

Further, the officials who are part of the group that is allied to Wamunyinyi said Wetang’ula’s mandate and that of other officials lapsed and that he has no authority to remove the minority leader. “We are moving to next year’s elections a divided house because of the unnecessary feuds brought by Wetangula”, he added.


Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi (centre) and David Simiyu Eseli of Kanduyi (right) on the left is a party member

The Trans Nzoia County assembly minority leader Emmanuel Waswa differed with Senator Wetangula after declaring that he will be contesting against Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi in the 2022 parliamentary elections, he’s a close ally of the party leader.

The Assembly minority leader could however not be reached for comment. Trans Nzoia county assembly speaker Joshua Werunga told The Weekly Vision that he had not received any information from the Ford Kenya headquarters. Werunga said the right procedure must be used, terming the threats of removing the minority as Ford Kenya’s internal affairs.

” Waswa was duly elected as minority leader in the assembly and anyone who has a contrary opinion need to follow the right procedure. As matters stand, Waswa will remain the minority leader unless otherwise”, he said. A source has revealed that Wetangula’s faction has already forwarded the name of Motosiet MCA Bernard Muganda Aliang’ana as a replacement to Emmanuel Waswa Simiyu of Keiyo ward. Other officials among them Patrick Simiyu who was the branch secretary were removed for not toeing the line. Simiyu who is also Trans Nzoia County government was replaced by Joseph Pepela, a close confidant of Kiminini MP Dr Chris Wamalwa.

The Ford Kenya leader according to the county officials leaning towards the faction of Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi has failed to solve the long-standing dispute and therefore should be removed.

” We have been waiting for a year to see Wetangula pursue settlement of the disputes out of courts but he hasn’t done anything ”, said Mr Sikulu who added that “Although Wetangula went to court over his dismissal by the National Executive Council, delegates still expect him to bring together all members failure to which will have him kicked out. The party officials also said the leaders who were elected from the sub-location level were not consulted on the replacement of those opposed to Wetangula and his allies.

The efforts of removing the minority leader in Trans Nzoia is just the latest in a series of events that have rocked the Lion party in the past year. Wetangula expelled two Ford Kenya members of parliament David Eseli of Tongaren and Wafula Wamunyinyi of Kanduyi In August 2020, for what he termed being in breach of the party constitution.

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