MPs Eseli, Wamalwa fight in Kitale hotel over direct Ford-K party ticket claim

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Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula was on Sunday spotted on top of his vehicle waving to a nearly non-existent crowd as he drove through a dirt road in Kakamega town.

Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa and his Tongaren counterpart Eseli Simiyu engaged in a physical fight at a popular club in Kitale town on Friday night.

Patrons at the joint were forced to intervene and separate the two after Wamalwa accused Eseli, who is also Ford-K secretary general, of colluding with party leader Moses Wetang’ula to give some aspirants direct nominations.

A waitress at the club told the Star that Wamalwa, who is eyeing the Trans-Nzoia governor seat, accused Eseli of trying to impose unpopular candidates on the electorate.

“Why are you forcing the party leader to give direct nomination to governor Patrick Khaemba who has been dinning and wining with Jubilee,” the MP was heard saying.

The witness said that after a very harsh verbal exchange, Wamalwa moved towards Eseli and threw a blow forcing the latter to respond.

Patrons at the club were forced separated the two MPs before the fight got out of hand.

When contacted on phone by the Star, Wamalwa did not deny or accept that he fought Eseli, and instead accused the Tongaren MP of being a liability to the Ford-K party.

“We are not going to allow a situation where some people calling themselves party officials will sabotage our efforts to have the right candidates,” he said.

Tongaren MP Eseli Simiyu, who had promised to respond to questions regarding the incident, did not do so by the time of going to press.

An effort by party leader Wetang’ula to bring Eseli and Wamalwa together on Saturday morning hit a snag after the two nearly fought in his presence.

The Bungoma senator was forced to end the meeting prematurely after tempers went high.

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Esseli has served in the military, rising to the rank of Major: taught at the University of Nairobi, rising to the position of senior lecturer: and he is also an accomplished research scientist whose works have been published widely in peer reviewed journals. Due to his work, He is Ford-K secretary general, but is accused of colluding with party leader Moses Wetang’ula to give some aspirants direct nominations.
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Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa. Photo/Monicah Mwangi
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BBC’s Panorama programme reported that Moses Wetangula (Bungoma Senator and party leader FORD Kenya ) as Trade minister in 2012 was one of the MPs who allegedly received ‘favours’ from BAT and was a total disgrace engaged in bribery 
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