Ford Kenya defectors form new party, pick Wafula Wamunyinyi, Eseli Simiyu as party leaders
Ford-Kenya defectors have launched a new party dubbed the Democratic Party of Kenya (DAP-K) and installed Kanduyi Member of Parliament (MP) Wafula Wamunyinyi as its party leader.
Tongaren MP Eseli Simiyu will deputise him.
Speaking during the launch on Tuesday, Wamunyinyi said they decided to move on after their quest to 'reform' Ford-Kenya was thwarted by Moses Wetang'ula and his team.
"DAP-K will field candidates in all positions except that of the presidency. Nominations in the party will be free and fair and no one will have to grease the hands of anyone to get a nomination certificate," Wamunyinyi said.
He added that the party will work with like-minded leaders who believe in the unity of the country and not politics of tokenism.
"We are open to working with leaders who are ready to unite this country and not those who believe in retrogressive policies," he said.
Those present during the launch were Defence Cabinet Secretary (CS) Eugine Wamalwa, Agriculture CS Peter Munya, Busia Governor Sospeter Ojamong among other leaders.
The launch of DAP-K now brings to an end infighting in Ford-Kenya which had rocked the party for the past two years.
Moses Wetangula is the current party leader of Ford-Kenya.
Wetangula is also a member of One Kenya Alliance (OKA) alongside Gideon Moi (KANU), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) and Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper).