Barely a week after the parent NASA coalition agreed to share the political parties funds Moses Wetangula-led Ford Kenya will have to wait a little longer to get their share of the coalition monies.
This is after the factional wars within the party threatened to scuttle the ODM’s offer to share the sum of the shareable amount of the political parties funds based on the number of representation in the National Assembly and the Senate.
The party is currently torn in the middle with one side led by Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula and the other wing is led by MPs Wafula Wamunyinyi (Kanduyi) and Eseli Simiyu (Tongaren).
The current war which is a matter before the courts will see the Raila-led orange party withhold the sum of 36 Million owed to the party until the genuine owners of the party are.
The Orange party had given Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper Sh70.4 million, Musalia Mudavadi’s ANC Sh43.8 and Isaac Ruto’s CCM Sh3 million of the shareable monies the opposition party received.
This is after Eseli Simiyu wrote to Raila Odinga requesting him not to have any transaction with Senator Moses Wetangula led wing of the Ford-Kenya.
In his letter dated July 28, the Tongaren lawmaker urged the Orange party to hold on until the matter before the court was officially resolved.
“I have received with pleasure your decision to share the political party’s funds with Ford Kenya among other members of the Nasa coalition. It is indeed an indication of your party’s consideration of the welfare of your partner parties,” Eseli said in the letter copied to Registrar of Political Parties Ann Nderitu.
“However, I wish to bring to your attention that Ford Kenya has had a long drawn out dispute about the leadership, a matter that has dragged on in court for over a year now. By this letter I wish to instruct that the money due to Ford Kenya be withheld until when the courts resolve the matter.”
ODM’s secretary-general Edwin Sifuna yesterday confirmed the receipt of the letter and noted that the money will deliberately be withheld until the matter was resolved.
“We will not release any money to Ford Kenya until the matter in court is released,” Sifuna said on phone.
The party in May last year the party’s NEC decided to remove Wetang’ula as party leader and replaced him with Wamunyinyi on an interim basis.
This is after the members of the party accused him of gross misconduct, failing to champion unity within the party as well as not harmonizing the friction within the party.