Fri. Apr 19th, 2019

ODM behaving like a gigolo, Wetang’ula says in NASA cash wars

Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula has hit out at the ODM party over its claim that his party will not get a penny from the Political Parties’ Fund.

In a tweet on Tuesday, Wetang’ula said all NASA affiliate parties will get their fair share of the funds following their decision to stop monthly contributions to the coalition’s secretariat.

“ODM behaving like a gigolo that’s suffering from chronic syphilis. Queens or kings, Wiper, Ford Kenya and ANC must and will get their share of the PPF,” Wetang’ula said.

He added: “Those wailing louder than the bereaved were nowhere when we were staking out our all for Raila. Bure kabisa(very useless).”

Wetang’ula was reacting to ODM secretary general Edwin Sifuna’s claim that Ford Kenya was behaving like a slay queen in its quest for a share of the political parties’ funds.

The Political Parties Fund is established vide the Political Parties Act, 2011 to provide an effective management of political parties.

The fund is administered by the Registrar of political parties and has provisions on political parties funding and accounting to ensure that funds are used prudently.

The main source of funds is the National Government (0.3 per cent of national revenue) while other sources include membership subscription fee, contributions and donations.

Each of the four NASA affiliate parties — ANC, ODM, Wiper and Ford Kenya — are laying claim to the funds from the Political Parties Fund and keep monthly contributions from their MPs.

The parties have written to the National Assembly to stop members’ remittances to the NASA secretariat – this being Sh10,000 per MP.

They want the amount channeled to individual party accounts alongside the Sh10,000 MPs’ monthly contribution to the parties.

This therefore leaves the funds from the Political Parties Fund up for grabs by all the four parties.

Sifuna, however, said Ford Kenya has no right to lay claim to the funds.

“Ford Kenya has no locus standi. The money belongs to ODM and it is the party which will decide what to do with it. There is nowhere it is agreed that we share money with anybody,” Sifuna insisted.

The ODM secretary general said whatever Ford Kenya contributed to the NASA coalition “has been negated by their propaganda and slaying with Deputy President William Ruto”.

Sifuna seemingly drew his stand from the provisions of the Political Parties Act, 2011 on the qualification and distribution of the Fund.

The Act states that a party that does not secure at least three per cent of the total number of votes at the preceding General Elections is not entitled to funding.

The Act also says a party will not benefit from the Political Parties Fund if it does not have twenty elected members of the National Assembly, three elected members of the senate, three elected members who are governors; and 40 members of county assemblies.

Wetang’ula is the only Ford Kenya member in the Senate, his party has only 12 Mps and just two governors.

ODM boasts of 73 MPs, 20 senators and 13 governors. Wiper has 21 MPs, three senators and three governors while ANC has 13 MPs, three senators and no governor.

Going by the provisions of the Political Parties Act, it’s only ODM and the Wiper party that are entitled to a share from the fund.

If ODM holds true to its stand, this will be the second time Wetang’ula will be getting a raw deal from ODM following his ouster from Senate’s Leader of Minority post in March.

He warned that the “divorce” would be “noisy and messy” but looks like the ODM is serving him a dose of his own medicine.