George Kebaso @Morarak and Dinah Ondari @benagitau
Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula humbled himself and fervently pleaded for pardon from fellow Nasa senators but his effort was rebuffed by colleagues who declined to reinstate him as Senate Minority Leader.
The senators also turned down a spirited joint plea by Opposition leader Raila Odinga and co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka to change their heart on Wetang’ula.
Senators insisted that the matter was now “water under the bridge” and told Wetang’ula to move on. A three-hour closed-door meeting between the alliance´s Summit, chaired by Raila and Wiper leader Kalonzo and attended by Wetang’ula ended in disarray as the senators maintained the matter was closed on Tuesday when they replaced him with Siaya Senator, James Orengo.
Wetang’ula, who has talked tough since Monday when he promise a “messy and noisy” divorce in Nasa, yesterday ate humble pie and was almost on his knees as he begged for his job back.
Sources said the senators, instead, demanded an explanation on the whereabouts of Kalonzo, Wetang’ula and Mudavadi on January 30 during the mock swearing-in of Raila at Uhuru Park.
“The senators wanted to be convinced why they should listen to the principals yet three of them had abandoned Raila on his critical day.
Kalonzo also came under attack over the submission of Ben Momanyi (Borabu MP) name as Nasa representative to the Parliamentary Service Commission in what was perceived as collusion between him and Jubilee to frustrate ODM.
“Senator James Orengo questioned Kalonzo for having issued statements that have cast aspersions on the unity of the coalition, and which appeared to demean ODM leadership and the swearing in of Raila,” said the source.
The senators flatly rejected the pleas to reinstate Wetang’ula, telling him that his removal was final and could not be revisited.
During the meeting, Nominated Senator Judy Pareno is said to have dismissed the claims that the unity of the coalition was hinged on the return of Wetang’ula, saying it was meant to blackmail ODM to give the position back to the Ford Kenya leader.
Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina made it clear the decision to remove Wetang’ula had been concluded and told the four leaders the unity of the coalition was tested on January 30.
“If the coalition did not disintegrate on January 30, then it cannot disintegrate just because Wetang’ula has been removed as leader of minority.”
Another source told the People Daily that throughout the meeting, Wetang’ula pleaded with the senators, promising “he had learnt his lesson and would drastically change his style of management if given the last chance.”
The atmosphere — when the senators emerged from the meeting at a Nairobi hotel — was punctuated by an aura of tension as the principals hurdled together without talking.
There were audible murmurs as the senators walked to the venue of the press briefing.
“This guy is just wasting our time. He should just come forward and say, ‘hey guys am sorry, let’s work this way’,” one of the senators chuckled loudly to the amusement of his colleagues as he referred to Wetang’ula.
Some senators alleged on Wednesday, a day after he was ousted, that Wetang’ula had referred to those who were against him as “barking dogs”.
It was apparent the Ford Kenya leader was a troubled person despite walking alongside his two defenders, Raila and Kalonzo.
But seeking not to be mentioned, a senator from one of the Nasa affiliate parties stated that the matter was closed and there would be no such a retreat.
“Indeed we have nothing to discuss about Weta, we did not agree on anything,” the senator from Western Kenya intimated.
Despite the fact that the Nasa Summit is usually attended by its principals, Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi was conspicuously missing.