In an exclusive Interview with The Weekly Vision in Bungoma town on Tuesday, Mr Nandalwe disagreed with Bungoma County Woman MP Catherine Wambilianga’s sentiments that Ford Kenya has already fielded a candidate to replace Mr Wetang’ula. Nandalwe argues that Ford Kenya has never held party primaries democratically, noting that it is one of the reasons why the party has never grown
By Brown Wafula
Bungoma County Senator hopeful Moses Nandalwe has called on the Ford Kenya party leadership to carry out a free and fair nomination process ahead of the by-election whose date has not been officially announced by the IEBC. The position fell vacant after Moses Wetangula resigned to contest for the National Assembly Speaker position.
In an exclusive Interview with The Weekly Vision in Bungoma town on Tuesday, Mr Nandalwe disagreed with Bungoma County Woman MP Catherine Wambilianga’s sentiments that Ford Kenya has already fielded a candidate to replace Mr Wetang’ula. Nandalwe argues that Ford Kenya has never held party primaries democratically, noting that it is one of the reasons why the party has never grown.
“If you can do some analysis, Ford Kenya cannot go beyond Bungoma that is why I have come back to the party to partner with other leaders and officials to make it grow,” Nandalwe said. He added, “ Ford Kenya is our party, I have officially ditched ODM and joined Ford Kenya to grow it and support our son of the soil Moses Wetangula as he aims at bigger positions in his political career,”
On Saturday while in Naivasha during a Kenya Kwanza retreat, Bungoma County Woman MP who doubles up as the County Ford Kenya party leader trashed the party’s plans to back former Bumula MP Mwambu Mabonga to replace Wetang’ula saying that the party has already settled on Wetangula’s long-serving aide Wafula Wakoli. Mr Nandalwe is now calling on the Ford party leadership to conduct a free and fair nominations exercise and allow residents to pick a person whom they want to replace Senator Wetangula. “I have been in politics for quite some time and the man whom Ford Kenya has proposed cannot beat me, I want free and fair nominations not proposals,” Nandalwe stated.
Nandalwe affirmed that if allowed to become the Senator he will perform his oversight role well and present bills before the floor of the house that seeks at helping the common mwananchi. “A part from presenting bills and oversight, I will personally take my money and support health, education, games and sports in Bungoma,” he noted.
Nandalwe who in 2013 vied for the Sirisia parliamentary position on the Ford Kenya party now says that he is back to Ford Kenya to support the party and help it grow to greater heights. “We now want to revive Ford Kenya and grow it to greater heights, FK is only in several places mainly in Bungoma and Trans Nzoia Counties we want to spread to other counties by bringing back the members who moved to other small parties,” he said. Nandalwe argues that he is a long friend to the national assembly speaker Moses Wetangula and he is equal to the task if elected the Bungoma Senator.