Ford Kenya SG replacement ignites sharp division among officials

Jostling for the position of secretary general of Ford Kenya party has ignited a sharp division among members over who is well suited to replace Chris Wamalwa who resigned after an appointment as a Chief Administrative Secretary.
Two camps have emerged with some members throwing their weight behind Tongaren MP John Chikati while others feel Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi is best suited for the post since he hails from Trans Nzoia County as the immediate former secretary general.
Proponents of Wanyonyi argued that the Lion party cannot have the party leader and the secretary general from Bungoma County yet they have a vision of growing its tentacles in the whole country.
“We believe that Chikati is better placed to steer this party to another level since he is vibrant. We call on other members to back him in this quest,” said Margaret Wanjala national vice treasurer and nominated MCA in Trans Nzoia County.
Wanjala who is also the vice treasurer of the party dismissed those who have been vouching for the position to be retained in Trans Nzoia saying leadership is not defined by geographical location.
A group of youths from the party called on the party to set out a transparent way of filling the position where potential candidates are required to demonstrate the vibrancy and have a national appeal.
“We want whoever will be replacing Wamalwa to be a national leader and not a villager who will be oscillating between Bungoma and Trans Nzoia counties,” said Ken Juma, a member of the party’s youth league.
The party’s sub-county chairmen in Trans Nzoia, however, feel the Kwanza MP is well suited to fill the secretary general position since he is serving his third term compared to Chikati who is a first-timer.
 “ Honourable Wanyonyi can be trusted with this position unlike Honourable  Chikati who only defected to Ford Kenya from UDA sometime before the last general election,” said Benson Simiyu, the chairman of Cherang’any sub-county.
Meanwhile, officials of the party in Trans Nzoia are calling for an overhaul of its leadership to give the party some vibrancy taking issue with the fact that no activities are taking place yet the party needs to be active.
“We have given the Trans Nzoia county chairman a one-week ultimatum to convene a county officials leadership meeting whose agenda will be reviving the party through new blood of leadership,” said Joseph Juma.
They also called on the party to reach out to extend an olive branch to its former members who defected to the Democratic Action Party (DAP) in the run-up to the 2022 general elections following ideological differences.

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