The Democratic Action Party of Kenya (DAP-K) leader Wafula Wamunyinyi has turned down efforts by some leaders and area residents to have him go for Bungoma senatorial seat.

Majority residents wanted Wamunyinyi to go for the senatorial seat that is currently being held by Ford Kenya party leader Moses Wetang’ula.

Wamunyinyi during a DAP-K rally at Posts ground in Bungoma County announced that the party will field a strong candidates to face Wetang’ula something that raised eye brows that he might be going for it.

He had suggested that talks were in high gear to see the party field a candidate face the current senator.

“We will field candidates in all electable positions except the Presidential bid in which we support ODM party leader Raila Odinga in Azimio la Umoja,” said the legislator.

Wetang’ula has been the senator since the inception of devolution in 2013 up to date.

Wamunyinyi observed that he declined to go for the senatorial seat after having held consultations with political pundits and a majority of elders drawn from Kanduyi constituency.

He denied any plans to vie for the Senatorship adding that he had delegations visit him but he says that he can still serve Kanduyi residents in the same capacity.

“Kanduyi constituency belongs to Kanduyi people and they are the ones who understands me better, they have agreed that I continue serving them in the same capacity,” he said.

The legislator added, “There is no law that says that a party leader should not be the member of Parliament, I will retain my seat as the DAP-K party leader, nothing stops me, am already a national leader,”.

The law maker mentioned former UNCTAD Secretary General Mukhisa Kituyi and former Kanduyi Mp Lawrence Sifuna as possible Azimio’s Bungoma County senatorial aspirants.

He pointed out that they will pick one of them to face the current senator Moses Wetang’ula in the August polls.

“We will pick a strong candidate for the senatorial seat to face Wetang’ula, it will be a tough duel,” said the Kanduyi Mp.

On facing the former internal security assistant minister Alfred Khang’ati at the nomination stage for the Kanduyi parliamentary seat, Wamunyinyi stated that he is ready and will face him head on.

Khang’ati was elected in 2007-2013 on ODM and unsuccessfully vied twice for the Bungoma gubernatorial race in 2013 and 2017.

“It is his democratic right to vie for any seat, we in DAP-K believe in democracy and am ready to face him in the party primaries, the winner will fight to win the parliamentary seat,” said Wamunyinyi.

If Wamunyinyi wins in the nomination stage, he will face his bitter rival, former Bungoma County Assembly Speaker John Makali, Nairobi business man Wafula Wambanda, youthful Wafula Wakoli and Bungoma based business man Mulunda Khaoya.


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