A split within the Musalia Mudavadi-led Amani National Congress (ANC) is deepening as factions display their loyalty to different political alignments in Jubilee.
Now, the party wants to discipline two lawmakers and five MCAs allied to Deputy President William Ruto.
On Friday, Lugari MP Ayub Savula joined the group led by Nominated MP Geoffrey Osotsi, Kakamega Senator Cleopas Malala, and his Vihiga counterpart Khaniri in support of the handshake and declared that he will champion the Big Four agenda.
The MPs, Bishop Titus Khamala (Lurambi) and Justus Murunga (Matungu) are said to have violated the rules and regulations and the Political Parties Act by working with a competitor.
Murunga is being accused of publicly disowning party leader Mudavadi’s candidature in favour of Ruto at a football tournament in Navakholo Constituency.
The tournament was attended by Sports CS Rashid Echesa, area MP Emmanuel Wangwe, Bernard Shinali (Ikolomani) and former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale.
Khamala is said to have received cash to organise the Batsotso Cultural Festival recently. The event was boycotted by all the five MCAs of Lurambi constituency.
The branch is also irked by Senator Malala and nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi (Pictured left) who are perceived to be rebels.
The party branch officials held a meeting in Kakamega town this week and discussed the lawmakers.
But Osotsi defended those accused by the party claiming the movements were caused by disunity in the party due to poor leadership.
Mr Osotsi told the Sunday Standard that the split in the party was as a result of long running internal management challenges.
“The party members lack political direction due to inadequate consultations.
A section of party leadership and some brokers in their selfish attempts to control the party have created an atmosphere for political confusion and hopelessness,” Osotsi said.
He added that he has been steadfast in rejecting the politics of DP Ruto but was against leaders condemning elected leaders working with the DP. “Arbitrary use of busy bodies to threaten elected leaders who are working with Ruto is inappropriate, illegal and will breed further disunity.” County ANC chairman Julius Arunga told the Sunday Standard that they had an extensive discussion over conduct of leaders perceived to be DP Ruto’s diehard supporters.
Arunga said that they have forwarded their names to the party’s disciplinary committee so that action can be taken against them.
“Disciplinary action will be taken against them so as to serve as a deterrent measure to other elected leaders affiliated to ANC to stick to rules and regulations of the party. If you are in ANC, you must support the party’s ideologies and not interests of a competitor.”
The party’s Secretary General Barrack Muluka gave a one-week ultimatum to nine MCAs from Kakamega and Vihiga counties to show cause why they should not be expelled from the party for attending a meeting with leaders from a competing political party whose interests are adversarial to that of ANC.
“Your presence at the meeting was in defiance of guidance of party organs…The party is considering taking disciplinary action against you, including expulsion,” read the letter.