Why DP Ruto Should Assure Aspirants Who Are Worried About Zoning


Opinion By Paul Mukana

With virtually less than 200 days remaining to the August 9 polls, the cyclones are high in various political camps.

The recently found Mudavadi-Ruto-Wetang’ula’s Kenya Kwanza Alliance has taken center stage in Bungoma county.

The political pact has caused havoc amongst UDA aspirants in the region.

Despite some of UDA’s legislators from Bungoma dismissing the allegations about zoning, the matrix is definitely still hanging.

It has been alleged that Ruto, Wetang’ula and Musalia had agreed to comply with zoning, but UDA chairman Johnston Muthama recently laughed it off.

Muthama insisted that there is not yet a coalition agreement among the three parties but however admitted that  efforts are underway to settle on a pre election pact.

It should be noted how UDA aspirants across Bungoma county have expressed fear and dissatisfaction with alleged attempts to Foster zoning.

Despite Bungoma being Ford Kenya’s home turf, UDA has a visible command in its ground with five MPS out of the nine firmly affiliated to DP Ruto.

Besides, dozens of MCA and MP aspirants have declared intentions of vying on a UDA ticket.

The five law makers are Kimilili Mp Didmus Barasa, Webuye West Mp Dan Wanyama, Fred Kapondi (Mt.Elgon), John Waluke (Sirisia) and Mwambu Mabonga (Bumula).

The zoning quackmire has definitely sent jitters across the aspirants’ domains with the fear of their ambitions fading into thin air.

UDA’s Bungoma branch chairman John Waluke recently told journalists in Bungoma that there is nothing like zoning in the Kenya Kwanza coalition.

“If there is any communication about zoning, it should come directly from the party’s officials or MPS, not just from any body and especially aspirants,” he said.

His sentiments were echoed by legislators Dan Wanyama and Didmus Barasa.

However, Gubernatorial aspirant Zachariah Baraza via his personal assistant Isaiah Sakonyi has openly expressed his concern about the zoning equation.

That’s why there is urgent need for the Kenya Kwanza coalition leaders to quickly step forward and assure the aspirants.

Otherwise, a number of aspirants have been left in dilemma over the issue.

Thus, the assurance from UDA MPS isn’t enough. The DP should once again step in the Gap and affirm to aspirants that zoning isn’t an issue.

Bungoma county has over 559,850 registered voters with 9 constituencies and 45 county assembly wards.


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