The Wiper Party has cracked the whip and expelled seven members it says failed to follow its rules and regulations.
The National Governing Council adopted the National Executive Council resolution to expel, with immediate effect, Machakos County Majority Leader Joshua Mwonga, Makueni Majority Leader Francis Mutuku and five nominated members of the Machakos County Assembly.
These are Ms Ndinda Mbithe, Ms Margaret Ndalana, Ms Jackline Nziva, Ms Ruth Ndumi and Ms Mary Ndinda Paul.
Mr Mwonga was expelled for fighting in public, while Mr Mutuku was expelled for leading an impeachment motion against Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana.
The five MCAs were kicked out for failing to respect the party position in regard to the impeachment of Machakos Deputy Governor Benard Kiala.
“The expulsion should serve as a warning that the party will no longer tolerate indiscipline,” said chairman David Musila.
The party, however, said it would not expel any of its governors, though some were contravening rules.
“We do not have the luxury of governors to expel. There have been reports that there will be more impeachments but what we want is for the counties of Machakos and Makueni to settle and deliver services to the people,” said Party Leader Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka.
The party’s new Deputy Majority Leader in Makueni is Mr Jonathan Ndugi while Mr Martin Mutuku takes over as Chief Whip and Mr Lizer Zacharia as Deputy Chief Whip.
At the same time, the party yesterday announced it would field its own candidate in the next General Election.
The chairman, Mr Musila, who made the announcement after a National Governing Council meeting at the party’s headquarters in Lavington, Nairobi, said dissolution of constituent parties in the Cord coalition “does not arise”.
“The issue of dissolving the party does not arise. We will be forming coalitions even as we are already in Cord. We will strengthen the coalition, we will have Wiper, ODM, Ford Kenya and many other parties. We are already wooing other parties to join the coalition,” he said.
He, however, said Cord will undertake a joint nomination for the presidential flag-bearer in preparation for the 2017 elections.
“Each party will have a candidate. There will then be a process of selecting a candidate for the coalition, but we think and feel and believe that Wiper will produce the best candidate,” said Mr Musila.
The party said it wanted the Jubilee government to curb insecurity and corruption in the country.
It called on President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, Mr Wiliam Ruto, to resign because they could not solve these two problems.