Barely three months after Ford Kenya party leader and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula publicly endorsed his former political nemesis, Kenneth Lusaka, all is reportedly not well between the duo’s parrrel camps.
Despite both vying for the gubernatorial and Senatorial seats on Ford Kenya ticket respectively, concerns have been raised in the manner Mr. Lusaka’s handlers are treating the Ford Kenya leaders, among them, MCAs and influencers.
Even though Ford Kenya is vying under the Kenya Kwanza Alliance led by Deputy President William Ruto, Lusaka’s handlers have constantly referred to the Senate Speaker as “Bungoma’s Kenya Kwanza gubernatorial candidate” without the mention of Ford Kenya, the party sponsoring his bid.
This has raised tension between the two camps whose main target is to unseat Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati under the influence of Wetang’ula.
A section of MCAs alied to Wetang’ula claim that Lusaka’s camp has been sidelining them in crucial decision making with the Speaker’s camp allegedly muscling the Ford Kenya wing in running the show at political rallies.
In one of those WhatsApp posts spat, Lwandanyi MCA Tony Barasa has reportedly blasted Lusaka’s communication team for snubbing the use of Ford Kenya in their PR posts.
Reports have also showed that Lusaka’s people always appear at the frontline at major public appearances for photography purposes, making the Ford Kenya team to forcefully squeeze themselves near Lusaka for a capture moment.
Wetang’ula’s team has also claimed that Lusaka has not been mentioning William Ruto and Moses Wetang’ula in his campaign speeches except on a few special occasions where pressure requires.
Just the other month, members of a youth wing allied to Lusaka protested a move by their SG to merge their outfit with that of Ford Kenya and form one strong youth wing to spearhead the Lusaka and Wetang’ula agenda.
According to screenshots leaked to this writer from one of the members on their WhatsApp group, members of the Lusaka wing were not comfortable with the merger, forcing Lusaka to convey a meeting and nullify the said Lusaka Youth Summit for fear of falling out with his new party boss.
The cold war is said to be giving Wangamati an upper hand with less than two months to the ballot, including lack of creativity to tackle Wangamati’s flagship projects like the Governor’s Scholarship Programme.