Nairobi – The Ford Kenya Party held its National Delegates Conference (NDC) on Thursday despite being suspended by the Disputes Tribunal of Political Parties (PPDT).
The meeting was convened by party leader Moses Wetangula, who told delegates the party would remain strong. However, he did not comment on the court order.
The invited guests of the NDC include the co-directors of Wetangula in the One Kenya Alliance (OKA), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper Party), Gideon Moi (KANU) and Cyrus Jirongo.
The tribunal said it had suspended the NDC pending a hearing and decision on a certificate of urgency filed by Crispinus Barasa.
“That the pending hearing and determination of the motion at the request of the parties of November 2, 2021, will and will be issued interim injunctions that will prevent the second respondent from proceeding with the NDC,” the tribunal decided.
The case is mentioned on November 15th.
The PPDT also halted a splinter faction meeting of the party scheduled for Saturday at the Moi International Sports Center, Kasarani.
“Preventing the 2nd Defendant from preventing the Interested Party’s NDC scheduled for November 6, 2021, and / or the interested party from proceeding with their NDC on November 6, 2021 as stipulated by Part 3.
Wetangula struggled to lead the party after a faction said it ousted him in June last year.
A notice issued by the Anne Nderitu party register in June last year shows that Wetangula has been replaced by Athanas Wafula Wamunyinyi.
Wetangula, however, condemned the party and the coup, stating that it would remain its de facto leader.
In the NDC on Thursday, officials said Wetangula should be named as the party’s presidential flag bearer for the 2022 general election in order to cement its bargaining power on the OKA team that has vowed to lead a joint candidate.
The rival team, led by Tongaren MP, was due to meet on Saturday, the agenda included the adoption of previous protocols, ratification of general council resolutions in 2016, election of national officials, acceptance speeches and all other matters.
The orders of Desma Nungo, the chairman of the PPDT, stipulated that the defendants and interested parties to the case should submit and serve their responses within seven days from the date of service.
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Disputes in Ford Kenya began in May last year after part of its leaders decided to fire Wetangula for gross misconduct.
Wetangula was reportedly replaced by Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi as interim party chairman, which the Bungoma Senator opposed and insisted he remain the party’s de facto leader.
Eseli has since written to the Registrar of Political Parties stating that Wetangula should not represent the party in any coalition agreements.
He has also written to the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party, urging the Raila Odinga-led party to withhold Ford Kenya’s share of the political party fund allocated to the now-defunct coalition that united Musalias ANC and Kalonzos Wiper .
ODM said it would withhold Ford Kenya’s Sh36 million stake until the court decides who the real party leaders are.