Kanduyi legislator John Wamunyinyi and his Tongaren counterpart Eseli Simiyu have left the FORD-Kenya Party following continuous wrangles by two opposing factions within the outfit, one led by Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula and the other by MP Wamunyinyi.
Announcing their move on Thursday, the two leaders said they will unveil a new political party on December 14th this year after leaving FORD, of which they have been members for more than two decades.
“We will unveil the new party during our NDC on December 14 and you will shortly know the details of the new outfit,” MP Wafula Wamunyinyi said, adding that continued wrangling in the Ford-K party was not healthy as the country heads to next year’s polls.
”We have resolved we won’t be held ransom by the court. The elections are around the corner and these fights are not helpful,” he added.
The Kanduyi legislator said they are walking out of the outfit with chairpersons of party branches from 32 counties who will be joining their new party, while also throwing their weight behind ODM boss Raila Odinga.
“We urge our loyal members to join us. As you are all aware, we support the handshake and Azimio la Umoja,” said Wamunyinyi as he made reference to former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s campaign which enjoys the backing of senior government officials.
The two leaders accused Wetangula of micromanaging Ford Kenya with utter disregard to the law.
He termed the National Delegate Congress held at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi which culminated in the endorsement of Wetangula as the presidential flag bearer as illegality.
“Let Wetangula continue with his illegalities, we will catch up with him sooner than later,” said Simiyu.