Wetangula urged to ditch CORD and join ANC
The Ford Kenya Party leader and Bungoma County Senator Moses Wetangula has been urged to decamp the coalition for restoration and democracy (CORD) for him to achieve the presidential ambition.
The sentiments come after fire erupted in the coalition on who will run the 2017 presidential flag bearer to state house race.
The Kabuchai member of national assembly James Lusweti said the ODM leader Raila Odinga is greedy for the state house race and cannot recognize Ford Kenya existence in the coalition.
Luswet admitted that the missing out of Raila to attend the presidential bid for the senator was enough sign to pave the way for Wetangula’s team to leave the coalition.
“When we were at Kakamega the helicopter that brought wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka was said to be used by Raila so we expected it not to take more than one hour but to our surprise nothing like communication neither from his personal aid or himself was sent.” Luswet said.
He said the recent utterances that cames from Machakos county senator and his Siaya counterpart James Orango terming Ford Kenya as not part of the coalition gave Wetangula and his team a straight forward a go ahead to leave the CORD.
The MP said that ODM members has sidelined the effort that the Ford Kenya team led by its leader Moses Wetangula has done to the ODM leader in several times.
He added that Raila Odinga has failed the luyha people several times and requested the Wetangulas’ team to ditch the coalition before it is too late.
He asked the senator to ditch CORD and seek to unit with the Amani Nationa Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi and the New ford Kenya party leader and Bungoma county governor Kenneth Lusaka.
“We cannot keep talking of a national dialogue when actually we in Cord need an internal dialogue to know whether Raila is ready to honour the pre-election agreement we signed,” said Lusweti.
The MP accused the Odingas’ side of not honoring the 2013 memorandum of understanding that the three leaders had signed. Also pointed an accusing finger at some of the luyha leaders who are colluding with others to try and stop Wetangulas presidential ambition.
The legislature told Wetangula to ditch CORD with immediate effect saying that there was no value for him to blindly continue following Raila Odinga but come back to his senses and ensure he unites other leaders and formulate a strategy that will help the Luhya community in a bid to clinch to presidency come 2017.
He said former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has already started frustrating the presidential bid of the Ford Kenya leader, pointing out the chaos that occurred when he was launching the bid in Kakamega County.
“I will advise my party leaders to read carefully as the ODM leadership has already started blackmailing him. He needs to open his eyes as Raila has started frustrating his bid to vie for the top seat in the land,” said Lusweti.
Bungoma county governor Kenneth Makelo Lusaka said he is ready to welcome the party leader for dialogue to spear head the race for state house in 2017 general election.
Lusaka said he warned the Ford Kenya members before they joined CORD. He openly said the many people who have associated themselves with Raila have met a lot of frustration.
“I warned them Raila is going to give them many blows but they ignored my statement now they have seen and I want to welcome them to the table to know what to do next for our people.” Lusaka said.
Lusaka urged the western leaders including the ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and Cyrus Jirongo to team up and help Luyha community clinch the presidential seat in 2017 general election.
The governor said he believes that ODM leader Raila Odinga is preparing to run for Presidency in 2017 and this would lock out Wetangula and Kalonzo.
“I think all these actions Raila is showing are meant to position himself as the most ideal candidate to take on Jubilee,” said the governor.
Others who attended the event include member for county assembly led y Barasa Mukhongo who urged the county assembly committee on the budget led by Bwake ward MCA Rosemary Khisa to increase the allocation for the department of special programme and disaster management for it reach many affected families.