Intense political strategies and realignments are taking place in Bungoma county politics as key figures plot for seats ahead of 2022 polls.
Pundits have been keen to note that the recent declaration by Ford-Kenya leader, Moses Wetang’ula, to go for presidency could attract new dynamism in the senatorial seat in the coming polls.
Already, a number of candidates are flexing their muscles for the seat that could be left noncompetitive with the new move by Wetang’ula.
Among the candidates coveting the seat include veteran journalist David Makali, broadcast newscaster
Bonny Wayne Nyongesa, former Commission of Higher Education director Eusebious Mukhwana and businessman Joseph Waswa.
Businessman Waswa is the new kid on block jostling for the seat. Though the seat is seen with no much returns and attraction, Wasawa has been seen mounting a significant campaign chest with choppers in his bid to popularise his bid.
Waswa recently in a media brief in Nairobi said he did not contest for the seat in the last polls owing to his relationship with Wetang’ula who had showed interest for the seat. His source of wealth is, however, questionable.
“This time round, my brother Wetang’ula has made it clear that he going for the top seat. I have the audacity to tell you that I won’t stop at any point other than the ballot,” said Waswa.
He said he backs Wetang’ula’s move to ascend to presidency and promised him his support.
Waswa is a close ally of Wetang’ula and sources close to the two divulged that the businessman has been behind the curtains sponsoring party affairs.
Outspoken Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa has been on the forefront advocating for Waswa terming him as a youthful leader with a vision for the youths.
“It is high time we demystify the analogy that the senatorial seat is meant for the old. That’s wrong and misguided. This time round, we will change the narrative by electing young leaders with energy and zeal
to work,” said Barasa at a fundraiser in Tongaren where he accompanied Wasawa for a funds drive for a dilapidated school.
Regional balance as well as party politics is expected to play a key role in the contest.
Last elections ODM leader Raila Odinga caused a stir at the tail end of the campaigns after he asked his ODM candidate, Bonny Nyongesa, to stand down for Wetang’ula.
The move created sour relations between surrogate parties in Nasa coalition with many disgusted voters splitting their votes within the coalition.
The move is, however, said to have favoured the then Jubilee candidate Mukhwana who came second to Wetang’ula. Mukhwana shared the spoils from the two warring factions of Ford Kenya and ODM.
It is not known if Makali will make another stab at it as he has taken a low profile after polls. Makali is content editor at
The Star newspaper. Bonface Nyongesa and Dr Mukhwana are said to be silently resuscitating their
grassroots point persons ahead of the post.
“I am still in the game and ready for the contest. Anybody wishing to join us is highly welcomed,” said Nyongesa.
Political analysts, however, opine that Wetang’ulas past record of declaring interests for higher seats way before the polls and later settling on junior seats is a case to watch.
“Until you see Wetang’ula appearing on the ballot box for whichever seat, never be sure about his decision. He is fond of using that trick for bargaining purposes for his political interests. He is totally unreliable,” said Isaac Wanjekeche.
Wanjekeche said it is too early to tell if he is seriously going for the top seat as announced or whether is doing it as a formality like in the past