Wetangula Warns ODM That NASA Divorce Will Have Casualties

March 16, 2018

Nasa co-principal Moses Wetangula has warned the ODM Party that a Nasa divorce will be noisy and messy.

The Bungoma Senator was reacting to a move by the Nasa affilaite party to replace him, as Senate Minority leader, with his Siaya counterpart James Orengo.

He termed the move as a mischievous plot hatched by the Raila-led party.

While making his speech in the Senate on Thursday afternoon, a visibly angry Wetangula accused ODM Senators of holding secret meetings to orchestrate his ouster.

“I want to say this, Mr. Speaker: If anybody wants a divorce, it would be messy, it would be noisy, it would be unhelpful, it would not be easy, and it would have casualties,” he said.

A call to eject Wetangula was fronted to Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka by ODM Senators on Thursday, March 15.

Out of NASA’s 27 Senators, 20 signed in favour of Wetangula’s ouster, surpassing the required two-thirds majority by two.

Lusaka okayed the move but told the Opposition coalition to ensure that it follows proper procedures in electing Orengo before the appointment becomes official.

“The removal of Wetang’ula, though valid, stands suspended and will not take effect until a Senator is elected by the coalition in the manner provided by Standing Order 20(1),” Lusaka said.

Wetangula said he felt betrayed by his NASA counterparts, but played up the consequences of the ODM Senators action.

“I want to tell my colleagues in ODM for avoidance of any confusion that for the last two presidential elections, we have supported a candidate fronted by ODM; and that is the reason they have a bigger number in both Houses than their partner parties.”

The Bungoma Senator said Wiper would enjoy a majority in Parliament if Kalonzo Musyoka was the presidential candidate.

“So, I want to tell my colleagues, let them try to go to NASA, bring the four constituent parties together and let’s see if they will extract a resolution to bring to this House, because NASA has ODM, Wiper, ANC and Ford-Kenya. The leaders of these parties: Raila Amolo Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Wycliffe Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula are an integral part of all the organs of these parties and whenever we hold even PGs, the parties’ leadership attend,” he added.

“If anybody wants to play games, Mr Speaker, then anybody can play games; and many of us are good at playing games. I represent people; nobody can belittle me in this House. Nobody has a right to play games behind my back; let them be frontal and we will fight Omundu Khumundu; it is as simple as that Mr Speaker.”

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