A senior Kenyan opposition leader allied to the NASA coalition that fronted Raila Odinga in the country’s August presidential elections has been dismissed as the minority leader in the House of Senate.
Senator Moses Wetangula – who is one of the four principals in NASA – was voted out despite a late rally from the coalition’s leadership to retain him.
News of his intended dismissal came on Friday as Odinga’s ODM party members argued that Wentagula had no moral authority to continue serving in the post because his party had only one senator in the house – himself.
Wetangula however condemned the move, warning of dire consequences within NASA if ODM went ahead with it.
NASA is made up of four affiliate parties, whose leaders automatically became principals.
There are the Orange Democratic Movement (led by Raila Odinga), Wiper Democratic Movement (led by Kalonzo Musyoka), Amani National Congress (led by Musalia Mudavadi) and FORD-Kenya (led by Moses Wetangula).
Unlike the other principals, Wentangula vied for and won a senate seat under his party.
The motion to eject Wetangula as the Senate Minority Leader was first presented to the Senate Speaker on Thursday, March 15.
20 out of NASA’s 27 Senators signed in favour of Mr. Wetangula’s ouster, surpassing the required two-thirds majority by two.