National Super Alliance (NASA) has made true its threat to oust Senate Minority leader Moses Wetang’ula from his position. At least 19 senators who attended the coalition’s Parliamentary Group meeting unanimously voted to replace Wetang’ula with Siaya Senator James Orengo.
Orengo will be deputised by Kakamega Senator Cleopa Malala. The move places a possible showdown on the cards as Moses Wetang’ula had vowed to put up a fight against his removal. He sternly said the divorce will be a messy and ugly affair. The NASA senate meeting to endorse Orengo failed to take place yesterday as planned amid conflicting reports by the senators.
Wetangula will lose perks, official car and enhanced security and staff assigned to House leadership.
The development comes in the wake of a confusion after a letter from NASA seen Standard Digital intimated the coalition’s intent to rescind the ouster. Dated March 19, NASA CEO Norman Magaya wrote to Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka of their plans to leave Wetang’ula in the position.
“I have instructions from the NASA Summit comprising of the principals to inform you that Senator Wetang’ula remains the duly nominated leader of minority in the Senate,” wrote Magaya. Wetang’ula’s Ford Kenya party has since distanced itself from the ouster, saying it has not received any official communiqué.