NASA senators set for meeting to remove Moses Wetangula and elect new minority leader
The fate of Moses Wetangula as Senate Minority Leader hangs in the balance as NASA Senate parliamentary group meet to pick new Senate Minority Leader.
A statement issued by NASA Senate parliamentary group read as below;
“A meeting of NASA senate parliamentary group is to be held on tuesday 20 march 2018 at the senate lounge, parliament building at 9.am. Agendas as follow;
1. Election of senate minority leader in accordance with the senate speakers ruling on 15 march 2018
2. Any other business
Today’s PG has been necessitated by Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka’s ruling that Wetangu’la’s removal, though valid, remains suspended until NASA coalition elects his successor in accordance with Parliament’s Standing orders.
Sources indicate that ODM has dropped James Orengo and will front either ANC’s Cleophas Malala or Narok’s Ole Kina Ledama as a replacement for Moses Wetangula.
The decision to oust Wetangua was hatched by NASA MPs and from the onset, it was evident they had the numbers required to remove the Senate Minority Leader. Some 20 out of 27 senators in the NASA coalition supported the bid to remove Wetangula from the powerful Senate leadership position. This is already above the required two-thirds majority.
There has also been a building tension between the NASA coalition affiliate parties since Wetangula and his other co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi snubbed Raila’s ‘swearing-in’ ceremony at Uhuru Park on January 30, 2018.
Meanwhile, Ford Kenya leaders have accused Opposition leader Raila Odinga of betraying the Luhya community and its leaders.
The party’s Bungoma branch officials and MCAs accused Raila of always targeting the community’s leaders once things do not go his way.
Branch Secretary General Peter Wakhuleka said Raila was fond of trying to scuttle any Luhya leader who was rising up the political ladder. Wakhuleka said the recent attempt to remove Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula as Minority Leader and replace him his Siaya counterpart, James Orengo was a testimony of how ungrateful the Opposition leader was.