Wetangula’s Ford Kenya cautions Eseli, Wamunyinyi against purporting to represent party
Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula-led Ford Kenya has cautioned Tongaren MP David Eseli Simiyu and his Kanduyi counterpart Wafula Wamunyinyi from transacting any business on behalf of the party.
The party’s National Organizing Secretary Chris Mandu, in a press release on Monday, said legal action will be taken against the duo, adding that Ford Kenya’s lawyers have since been instructed to file for contempt of court against them.
The party’s National Executive Council in May this year resolved to remove Wetangula as party leader and replaced him with Wamunyinyi on an interim basis.
Eseli, the then Secretary General, said during a delegates meeting that the party had lost its ideals under Senator Wetangula’s leadership.
The High Court on June 25, 2020 however issued conservatory orders staying the gazette notice effecting the change and restraining Eseli and Wamunyinyi from representing the party.
“Surprisingly the duo have defied the court orders and have evidently been going around purporting to carry out activities on behalf of the Party,” said Mandu.
“The two are also on record masquerading as party officials conducting what they term as ‘party grassroots elections to change leadership’ as reported by the media.”
The party’s National Organizing Secretary added that Eseli and Wamunyinyi have no legal or moral obligation to transact any business of the party until the matter before court is heard and determined.
He further stated that the party completed its grassroots elections last year pending National Delegates Conference (NDC) which was to be held by end of March but was however postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Ford Kenya Party has laid down legal structures which permits only the office of the National Organizing Secretary in consultation with the Management committee and NEC to conduct grassroots elections and so no any other individual can or may purport to conduct the party’s grassroots elections,” he said.
“Ford Kenya Party respects the rule of law and more so the principle of social justice. By purporting to conduct party activity when the government has banned all public gatherings due to surging numbers of COVID-19 infections, the duo is risking the lives of our members and Kenyans who may interact with them thus painting bad image of the Simba Party.”
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