By Paul Mukana
The political history of the Mulembe nation is undoubtedly incomplete without the name Ford Kenya.
It has shaped the region’s political matrix since the era of Masinde Muliro, Kijana Wamalwa, Musikari Kombo and now Moses Wetang’ula.
However, the party’s popularity has kept descending as more lieutenants keep defecting.
The Democratic Action Party of Kenya (DAP-K) is the latest thorn in Ford Kenya’s flesh.
As the August 9th polls edge closer, a new political movement has engulfed in the Ford Kenya’s political bastion.
It is the Democratic Action Party of Kenya co-founded by Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi and Defence CS Eugene Wamalwa.
DAP-K was basically formed to neutralize Ford Kenya’s popularity.
As a matter of fact, some Ford Kenya’s key hit men have decamped to DAP-K.So, it has brewed unrest because, it has invaded Ford Kenya’s bedroom and eloped with notable hit men.
Bungoma governor Wycliffe Wangamati and his Trans nzoia counterpart Patrick Khaemba dumped Ford for DAP-K.
As a matter of fact, Wangamati has declared to defend his seat via a DAP-K ticket.
Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi is reportedly skipping Kenya Kwanza rallies and political pundits have opined that he’s heading to DAP-K.
Over ten MCAS across Bungoma and Trans nzoia counties have also decamped to DAP-K.
Some of them include, Emmanuel Waswa, Ben Mlipuko, Erick Mwangale , David Kisaka, among others.
Thus, DAP-K’s influence can’t be written off.
It has definitely brewed unrest in the Wetangula’s kitchen cabinet.
This is because Ford Kenya’s electoral quorum has been reduced by the notable defections.
Hence Ford Kenya has got a lot of homework to do in order to reclaim the lost seats.
It is also a confusion amongst Ford Kenya’s supporters who were affiliated to the defectors.
Some of them have moved with their leaders whilst others have remained loyal to Wetangula’s outfit.
The unrest has notably twisted Ford Kenya’s numbers on the ground.
It has also forced Wetangula to seek new political allies as well as generate more political nemesis.
DAP-K has already vowed to field candidates in the August polls from the MCAS to Gubernatorial showdowns.
As a result, Ford Kenya risks losing some of its stronghold seats unless otherwise.
Although DAP-K has been termed by its critics as an ODM project, chairman Wafula Wamunyinyi and CS Wamalwa have strongly dismissed the claims.
DAP-K is also affiliated to the Azimio la Umoja political outfit which is an adversary to Ford Kenya.
Besides, a number of popular figures have declared vying for various seats via the DAP-K’S ticket.
The latest is former East Africa Community legislator and diplomati Yvonne Khamati going for the Ikolomani parliamentary seat and Peter Salasia for Mumias East.
Trans nzoia woman rep Janet Nangabo has also vowed to fully support DAP-K’S agenda and will use it to try and retain her political glory.