A few months into the general elections, journalists from Trans Nzoia County and Western Kenya at large have not been left behind in fighting for leadership positions in various dockets. Here are some of them.
Those who have entered the race include Nicholas Wamalwa, who will be running for the Kwanza Constituency Parliamentary seat for the second time.
In the last general election, Wamalwa vied for the same seat through the Federal Party of Kenya, and this time he is through the Jubilee Party, associated with the Azimio la Umoja Movement.
According to his Facebook page, Nicholas, who used to work for The Star and is now a freelancer, has already cleared with the Jubilee Party nominations and is ready to face his competitors in the August 9th elections.
“I would like to inform my Kwanza electorates that I have decided to come back in a different dress, and that’s Jubilee. I will use this vehicle to go to the National Assembly to serve you, the house that I was in before (UDA), I saw a thick smoke that could have choked me to die politically…’’ he said.
Wamalwa will be competing with the incumbent MP, Ferdinand Wanyonyi (Ford Kenya), Jacob Nasongo (DAP-K) and Reuben Chebai (ODM), among other candidates.
Osinde Obare of the Standard
Osinde Obare of the Standard Newspaper has not been left out as he will be vying for an MCA seat in Bidii Ward through the Kenya United Party (KUP) associated with West Pokot Governor Prof. John Krop Lonyangapuo.
Osinde has challenged electorates in Bidii Ward to elect him so as to bring change and development through good roads, sufficient water supply, health facilities, and empowering young people to depend on themselves.
He said as a leader he will lobby for donors to empower locals when elected, following the connections he will have after ascending to power.
On the ballot, Osinde will face the incumbent, Peter Waswa (UDA), and other aspirants.
Another journalist is Godricks Wanyonyi, currently a freelancer, who will be vying for Kapomboi Ward on a Ford Kenya ticket. He will face the current MCA, Ben Wanjala Mulipuko, who will defend his seat on DAP-K.
Mitume Radio journalist Fred Namutembi will also be vying for the second time in Sinoko Ward in Likuyani Sub-County of Kakamega through a UDA ticket.
Namutembi, who spoke to Western Kenya Times in Kitale, said this time he has deployed various strategies that will help him ascend into power and serve his people.
Mike Musungu is a reporter at Radio Simba in Bungoma and a correspondent of Trans Nzoia County for the Western Kenya Times.