Blow To Kenya Kwanza As Trans Nzoia UDA Hit Men Endorse Natembeya

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By Paul Mukana

Kenya Kwanza has suffered a notable thwart in its quest to muddle the political space of Trans nzoia county.

A number of former gubernatorial aspirants affiliated to DP Ruto’s UDA party have decamped to Azimio and endorsed DAP-K’S candidate George Natembeya.

“We are happy to join our brother Natembeya.I am not lamenting what happened to me but after soul searching I have seen that we have the same aspirations – as the Nandi community, we are bringing our synergy to support our brother Natembeya,” said Mr.Philemon Samoei, a former UDA Transnzoia gubernatorial candidate .

The leaders were making the claims at Kipkeikei within the precincts of Transnzoia county, others who endorsed Natembeya are Mrs.Julia Kichwen, Teresa Meto, Simon Mutai, a section of Nandi elders and scores of netizens.

Apparently, they were all eying the deputy governor’s seat but were perplexed after Dr.Chris Wamalwa unveiled former high school principal Bethwel Kirior at Chebarus ground last Friday.

“We had an agreement with Wamalwa to give the Nandi community the mandate to pick a running mate,but instead he chose to handpick Mr.Kirior,” Mrs.Teresa Meto scoffed.

Mrs.Meto told journalists that she was initially scrambling for the gubernatorial seat but accepted the running mate slot after UDA formed a pact with Ford Kenya and ANC parties.

Horizon news reliably confirmed that in the pact, both ANC and UDA agreed not to field candidates for the Transnzoia gubernatorial seat.

Besides, part of the agreement stated that Dr.Chris Wamalwa was to pick his running mate amongst the UDA aspirants, something that didn’t transpire.

After a chain of behind the scenes talks, the leaders eventually agreed to throw in the towel and dump UDA for Azimio and chose to rally behind DAP-K candidate George Natembeya.

“On behalf of Nandi community,we are making our political stand on the governor’s seat and that is, we will be rallying behind Natembeya for the governor’s seat because of the leadership qualities he has demonstrated,” said Julia Kichwen, former UDA gubernatorial aspirant.

Mr.Natembeya is the immediate former Rift Valley regional commissioner and is making his first shot in elective politics.

The defections are definitely an advantage added to his campaign trail.

He was jovial and welcomed the defectors with a cordial heart.

“We welcome those who have joined our team ,our objective is to have all the communities on board.I am the people’s project and want to offer my services to the people and not just seek power for the sake of it,” Natembeya noted.

Natembeya is set to officially unveil former banker Philomena Bineah Kapkory as his running mate this Wednesday at Kokwo,Mt.Elgon lounge in Entebess constituency.

The Transnzoia gubernatorial race has literally been turned into a two horse race bidding Ford Kenya’s Chris Wamalwa of the Kenya Kwanza coalition and DAP-K’S George Natembeya who enjoys blessings of ODM leader Raila Odinga.

The county is home of hundreds of large and small scale farmers thus traditionally considered as the country’s food basket.

A section of Kenya Kwanza lieutenants led by Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetangula and senate speaker Kenneth Lusaka have however defended Dr.Wamalwa’s choice of running mate.

“We in Kenya Kwanza are committed to achieving transformation in the country through the right leadership,we call on residents to support the Wamalwa – Kirior candidature,” said Wetangula.

Thus, it is going to be a tussle between Kenya Kwanza and Azimio La Umoja One Kenya alliances.

As the adage dictates, it is a battle of titans and only the strongest will endure.

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