Kiminini MP and Trans Nzoia first time gubernatorial candidate, Dr. Chris Wamalwa, has urged Kenya Kwanza supporters who did not make it through party nominations to continue drumming up their support towards DP William Ruto’s presidential ambition.
Addressing Kenya Kwanza supporters at his Milimani campaign center, Dr. Wamalwa said it is time for them to iron out the differences they have and focus on the next general election.
He asked other candidates who want to go for a consensus way to do so and support one candidate, especially in the senatorial and women representative positions, saying if they don’t agree as a coalition, electorates will decide on the ballot.
Allan Chesang (UDA) is vying for Senatorial position same to Henry Ole Ndiema (Ford-K) all from one community while Lillian Siyoi (UDA) is vying for Women MP same to Susan Nakhumicha in an FK ticket while incumbent Endebess MP Dr.Robert Pukose(UDA) will be competing with a Ford-Kenya candidate all from the Kenya Kwanza Coalition.
Dr. Chris gave the example of Musalia Mudavadi who had to sacrifice his presidential ambition and stepped down for DP William Ruto.
He challenged supporters and candidates vying for various seats to campaign for DP Ruto for the presidential seat and him (Dr. Chris) for the Trans Nzoia gubernatorial seat.
Wamalwa called out the defection of UDA vice-chairman Kipruto Arap Kirwa, saying it doesn’t affect DP Ruto’sambition.
“If you are going for a journey and you keep on stopping and throwing stones at any backing dog, you will not reach your destination. Therefore, forget about Kipruto’s betrayal and let us consolidate our votes and move ahead,” said Dr. Chris.
Dr. Chris challenged Cabinet Secretary in charge of ICT Joseph Mucheru to stop interfering with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) by issuing “reckless statements”.
He asked CS Mucheru to ensure network coverage is available everywhere for electronic result transmission during the general election.
Mike Musungu is a reporter at Radio Simba in Bungoma and a correspondent of Trans Nzoia County for the Western Kenya Times.