Kibunguchy condemns move to oust Wetangula from Senate Minority Leader seat

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Likuyani MP Dr. Enoch Kibunguchy addressing residents in his Constituency
Likuyani MP Dr. Enoch Kibunguchy addressing residents in his Constituency

Likuyani MP Dr. Enoch Kibunguchy has criticized the move by ODM senators to oust Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula as Senate Minority Leader. Speaking in his constituency, Kibunguchy condemned the move arguing it was suspicious and maliciously
orchestrated to embarrass Wetangula and with an aim of dividing the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition. “The push to dethrone Wetangula is maliciously driven by certain people within ODM and its wrong for the Senators to gang up against the innocent Ford Kenya party leader,” said Kibunguchy.

The MP said he read mischief in the whole process which he argued was as a result of Raila Odinga’s meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

He termed reasons tabled by ODM Senators as baseless saying since the 2013 general election Wetangula has remained loyal to Raila Odinga and despite his Ford Kenya party having few Senators in the last assembly, he served well as the Senate Minority Leader.

“Why should they come up with reasons, that ODM has the majority of Senators, therefore, claim to take the Minority Seat leadership yet Wetangula has served so well in that position since 2013. Is it that the ODM leaders realized Wetangula isn’t fit to be the Minority Leader after the pact between Raila Odinga and president Uhuru Kenyatta?” he posed.

Kibunguchy said the other parties in NASA can still form the opposition without ODM
Kibunguchy said the other parties in NASA can still form the opposition without ODM

The legislator said it was disappointing that some individuals were determined to break up the NASA coalition by using egocentric tactics.

He called on NASA leader Raila Odinga to save Wetangula from the ouster saying replacing him with James Orengo will mark the end of ODM being an affiliated party of the coalition.

However, he criticized Raila Odinga for entering an agreement with President Kenyata without the involvement of other NASA principals,  “That was a great betrayal to the co-principals. They’ve fought together in their struggle for democracy to end political injustices in this country,” said Kibunguchy.

Kibunguchy urged Ford Kenya, ANC and Wiper party leaders Moses Wetangula, Musalia Mudavadi and Kalonzo Musyoka respectively to remain united arguing that they are
strong enough to form an opposition that will keep the government on its toes incase ODM chose to side with Jubilee.

He said for the opposition to be stronger it doesn’t require many MPs, Senators or other leaders but only dedication from a few individuals.

“I remember well when retired President Daniel Moi assumed office by
then we had a single party system but a group of seven MPs that called themselves “The seven bearded sisters” emerged. The seven were Abuya Abuya, Onyango Midika, Mwashengu Wa Mwachofi, James Orengo, Lawrence Sifuna, Chibule Wa Tsuma and Koigi Wa Wamwere. They ensured o Moi’s government was always on its toes,” said Kibunguchy,  “So we aren’t afraid if ODM quits NASA, we will still be strong enough to put the ‘Jubilee-ODM’ government on toes.”