BY PAUL MUKANA
John Waluke is undoubtedly among the fast rising politicians in Bungoma county.
The second term Sirisia MP has been an ardent hit man of DP Ruto’s presidential campaign trail until recently.
One doesn’t need a microscope to spot his conspicuous absence in DP Ruto’s recent campaign rallies.
Infact, Jubilee party secretary general Jeremiah Kioni recently confirmed to journalists that Hon.Waluke had already paid his nomination fees to Jubilee party.
That is the earliest signal that Waluke is gradually distancing himself from DP Ruto’s UDA party in readiness to defend his seat in the August polls.
Waluke must have felt undermined in the Kenya Kwanza coalition after the arrival of Moses Wetang’ula and Musalia Mudavadi.
He definitely wants to be sure with the kind of political affiliation he attaches himself to as August 9th edges closer.He is avoiding the nomination headache and the zoning quagmire.
So, he became uncomfortable especially with the presence of Wetang’ula who is perceived as the Bungoma political kingpin.
Ford Kenya could field a candidate in the Sirisia parliamentary elections and that didn’t resonate well with Waluke.
He felt the issue of zoning could jeopardize his political ambitions.
Besides, considering the fact that he has not been seeing eye to eye with Wetangula, it would have been an uphill task for him to remain in Kenya Kwanza.
Hon.Waluke doesn’t want to play games with the task of retaining his parliamentary seat.
He will be attempting to clinch the Sirisia seat for the third time in a row after he won in 2013 (ODM) and 2017 (Jubilee).
The outspoken MP was once Wetangula’s political aide but for the past decade, they haven’t been reading on the same script.
In addition, Waluke’s recent dalliance with incumbent governor Wickliffe Wangamati has also sparred speculations.
Wangamati recently ditched Ford Kenya and vowed to defend his seat via a DAP-K party ticket.
As the adage goes, we don’t have permanent political friends/ enemies.
The Bungoma DP Ruto’s kitchen cabinet is now left with Mwambu Mwaboga(Bumula), Fred Kapondi (Mt Elgon), Didmus Barasa (Kimilili) and Dan Wanyama(Webuye East).