ODM MPs plotting coup in House Committees
4 months ago, 19 July 17:20
Some MPs from ODM have started plotting a coup in House Committee positions held by Ford-Kenya leaders in Parliament after their leader Moses Wetangula claimed NASA was dead.
The MPs spoke as ODM chairman John Mbadi claimed that even if Ford-Kenya quit Nasa, the alliance will not be dissolved.
Nasa coalition is an amalgamation of Amani National Congress (ANC), Orange Democratic Movement(ODM), Ford-Kenya and Wiper parties.
Mbadi explained that dissolution of NASA is a long process that will involve convening Nasa National Executive Council (NEC) and National Governing Council (NGC).
Nasa will then proceed to hold a National Delegates Conference (NDC) to formally and legally disband the coalition as guided by the Political Parties Act.
The ODM chairman insisted that if Ford-Kenya is serious that it wants to pull out of the coalition "then let it make good its threat by writing to the Registrar of parties expressing their intention."
''Otherwise we treat statements doing rounds on the social media that NASA is now a shell as premature,'' Mbadi told the Standard in an interview.
He explained that once they receive formal letters to pull out from the Registrar of political parties, then they will act on the Ford-Kenya ad hoc decision.
''At the moment these threats are smoke and mirrors theatrics which do not directly and openly for call for political expediency,'' said Mbadi
He said the Coalition will not tolerate a one sided statement "where someone wakes up in the morning and reacts with emotions that the coalition is moribund or extinguished."
In what is likely to further strain the relationships between Ford-Kenya and ODM leaders, ODM MPs allied to the coalition, said it cannot be intimidated by Wetangula.
''We want to treat the statement made by Wetangula with the contempt that it deserves. If anything we are convinced it was done out of emotions,'' Mbadi asserted
With ODM having majority MPs in Nasa, two MPs Elisha Odhiambo, (Gem), and Samwel Atandi, (Alego Usonga), waded into the debate saying they are tired of Ford-Kenya threats.
''We keep on being threatened by Wetangula and his members that they have either quit NASA or the coalition is dead or headed for political oblivion.
"It is high time now that the Ford-Kenya leaders should make good their threats by taking the necessary legal steps to formally exit the coalition, if they so wish to," claimed Odhiambo.
He added: ''I want to declare my burning interest to take over the post of Deputy Minority whip held by Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa of Ford-Kenya,'' he told the press in Kisumu.
Speaking at the Standard office Odhiambo declared to lobby fellow MPs to take seat.
''We cannot keep on nudging people to stay in a coalition that they seem disinterested to stay in. This was a coalition of the willing parties,'' he explained.
But what they keep on hearing or witnessing in public discourse is utterances laced with utter disregard and respect to other parties that form Nasa and its leadership, they claimed.
''Let Wetangula prevail upon his ...
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