Political enthusiasts have been left guessing after Kakamega Deputy Governor Ayub Savula publicly endorsed National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang’ula’s interests in the Bungoma County senatorial by-election slated for December 8th.
Savula, who is a member of the DAP-K party affiliated to the Azimio la Umoja coalition headed by Raila Odinga, announced support for the Speaker, a member of Kenya Kwanza’s Ford-K, saying he is the closest Luhya leader to the presidency, the third in command.
“We will support you as the number three in command in the Republic of Kenya. We are ready to work with you,” Savula said during the homecoming of Bungoma Deputy Governor Jennifer Mbatiany.
Savula’s controversial sentiments come amid a heightened campaign by the Azimio team to regain full control of Western Kenya by clinching the Bungoma senatorial seat.
Recently, the Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga said they’d be intensifying campaigns in the county to grab the seat that was left vacant after Wetang’ula resigned to be the National Assembly Speaker.
Among candidates who have announced their bids is Wafula Wamunyinyi (DAP-K), Wetang’ula’s aide Wafula Wakoli (Ford K), businessman Joseph Lendrix Waswa, Jacob Machacha, Rev Herman Kasili, lawyer Erick Nakhurenya, and former Bumula MP Mwambu Mabonga.
Sam Oduor is the editor-in-chief at the Western Kenya Times who leverages the power of the Internet in telling stories that shape opinions.