Women leaders in West Pokot fault expulsion of MCAs from KANU

West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo (right) having a chat with KANU party leader and Baringo Senator Gideon Moi (centre)
West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo (right) having a chat with KANU party leader and Baringo Senator Gideon Moi (centre)

Women leaders in West Pokot County have protested the move by KANU to expel four nominated members of county assembly from the County allied to Governor John Lonyangapuo over misconduct and failure to adhere to party guidelines and code of ethics.

The four female MCA’ s Grace Rengei, Jackline Ripoo, Nancy Chombir and Josephine Chepurum have received expulsion letters from KANU secretary general Nick Salat.

In a letter seen by West Media, KANU secretary general Nick Salat cited refusal to remit monthly membership subscription fee, failure to adhere to the loyalty pledge and the party code of conduct and failure to defend and promote the party positions while serving at the West Pokot county assembly among the reasons for expulsion.

The move is expected to ignite political differences between top KANU leaders and area Governor John Lonyangapuo.

The women leaders are now accusing senate majority leader Samuel Poghisio, West Pokot County Deputy Governor Dr. Nicholas Atudonyang and County Assembly Speaker Catherine Mukenyang for being the masterminds behind the expulsion of the MCAs.

The leaders, who converged at Chelang’a gardens in Kapenguria led by Maendeleo ya Wanawake Chairperson in the County Selly Chepkiror, condemned the move asking the party to rescind the decision citing that it was done in  bad taste as the four didn’t do anything wrong.

One of the expelled MCAs Grace Reng’ei said they were expelled because they were supporting the proposal to change the West Pokot County assembly majority and chief whip  leadership positions.

“We were twelve members of the County assembly who faced the disciplinary committee but why expel only four women. They have not explained clearly why they had to dismiss us from our positions,” she said.

She maintained that they are staunch members of the KANU party and accused cartels of misleading the party leadership.

“We  have been paying monthly remittances  and have never insulted KANU,” said Reng’ei.

The women have threatened to ditch the independence party saying that the party leaders Gideon Moi and Nick Salat should come out clear over the matter.