Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula has revealed what he terms as probably his worst political mistake.
Speaking on the recent feature of KTN News' Mikoba ya Demokrasia, Wetangula regretted supporting former Webuye Member of Parliament (MP) Musikari Kombo to be Ford Kenya chairman.
He divulged that after the death former Vice President Michael Kijana Wamalwa who was the party boss, a rivalry emerged over who would succeed him.
At that time, the top contenders were Kombo, former Tongaren MP Mukhisa Kituyi and his Kwanza counterpart Noah Wekesa.
After the party elections, Kombo won overwhelmingly and his two competitors united to concede defeat and back him.
"I personally supported Kombo against Mukhisa Kituyi and Noah Wekesa who wanted to lead the party at that time. I think that is one of my most costly mistakes in my political career. To support someone who came to fail the party," he stated.
Wetangula accused Kombo not being strong enough and instead of competing with other parties, he joined them and thus greatly reduced the popularity of Ford Kenya.
According to the Senator, the then party leader erred in joining the Party of National Unity (PNU) in the run up to the 2007 General Election.
"Our first mistake was to form a partnership with PNU. We also forgot that the party must remain independent and keep fighting for positions against other parties until we found ourselves with a single parliamentarian," he stated.
The Senator later became Ford Kenya leader and has been trying to give the party a national outlook especially under the CORD Coalition since 2013 and recently in National Super Alliance (NASA).
In the concluded polls, the party managed to get 11 members elected to the National Assembly