The Thirdway Alliance Party of Kenya is facing internal strife likely to split it into two factions, pitying the former party leader Dr. Ekuru Aukot on one side, and its Secretary General Fredrick Okango on the other.
This follows recent public disagreement as to whether the party should field a presidential candidate in the upcoming 2022 general elections.
Currently, the party is entangled in numerous court cases filed by Dr. Aukot, who is fighting his reinstatement at the helm of the party leadership position.
Ekuru was expelled from the party after he was accused by the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) for lack of civility, moral and social integrity, defiance of court orders and financial impropriety
“We wish to bring to the attention of our Party members and members of the public that Dr. Ekuru Aukot has today been expelled from the party and dismissed from the office of the Thirdway Alliance Kenyan Party leader,” Read the statement that was issued by the party’s NEC in September,2020.
Matters became more complicated when the registrar of the political parties approved the NEC decision to expel their party leader.
In a letter dated November 18,2020 and addressed to the party Secretary General Fredrick Okango, the Registrar of Political Parties Ann Nderitu indicated that her office was satisfied by the disciplinary process conducted by Thirdway Alliance, which led to its party leader’s expulsion.
“This office is satisfied that the disciplinary process followed the provisions of the PPA, and procedure provided under articles 14 and 25 of the Thirdway Alliance Party constitution,” said Ann Nderitu.
Additionally, she said “The party is guided to ratify this decision of NEC as provided under article of 14(k) of the party’s constitution.”
In the current stalemate, 4 members of the NEC supported by Dr Ekuru Aukot believe that Thirdway Alliance should field a presidential candidate; however, the group led by Fredrick Okango is of the opinion that the party should negotiate with other parties possibly OKA; and be part of a formidable coalition. This, they believe, will give the party a strong position to compete in the general elections.
It is believed the Okango led faction will be engaging in negotiation with the OKA principles for a possible coalition ahead of 2022 general elections.
Both factions are pointing accusing fingers at each other for being political agents being used by their pay masters to derail the agenda of the party and kowtow to their masters’ agenda.
One group led by Okango accuses Aukot of being an agent of the Deputy president William Ruto, whom they believe has sponsored the ex-party leader to file numerous motions against the party and against BBI. The group is determined to take the party to a formidable coalition that will make it competitive across the country.
On the other hand, Aukot argues that the party is his personal property, and he will be the Presidential candidate come 2022.
The clamor for Punguza mzigo constitutional change was quite popular among Kenyans tired of the exorbitant wage bill by the MPs and other government officials. Many believe that with Thirdway alliance fielding a presidential candidate, he will play a spoiler role that will likely benefit the deputy president Ruto. Others also believe that Aukot is waiting to use the party as a litigation platform just like he did in 2017 to challenge the outcome of 2022 presidential elections with a view to negotiate for himself.
Kenyan Reports’ efforts to reach out to Dr. Ekuru Aukot and Fredrick Okango, to shed more light into Thirdway Alliance Internal Wrangles were unsuccessful.