What was being whispered in Kakamega politics has finally come out after Kenya Electricity Transmission Company CEO Fernandez Barasa declared he will be flying the ODM ticket in the 2022 gubernatorial race.
Weekly Citizen has information that Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya has been working behind the scenes to influence ODM party nomination in favour of Barasa in what is promising to be a tough political duel between Raila Odinga and William Ruto.
The move by Barasa to make official his political party vehicle coincides with area senator Cleophas Malala’s rush revolt against Raila at a time the senator was seen to be infiltrating ODM with the hopes of bagging the party’s ticket in the Kakamega governorship race 2022. According to pundits, Barasa’s decision is already stimulating a fresh round of realignment in the Kakamega political landscape with word on the streets that he is now the ODM favourite hot cake after Malala dramatically confessed and rejoined his ANC party boss, Musalia Mudavadi.
Initially, it was believed that Oparanya would bless his deputy Philip Kutima but that was not to be, as the incumbent is seen to be cutting his deputy down to size ahead of the 2022 general election. Oparanya recently fired his deputy from the agricultural docket during a cabinet reshuffle amidst escalating talks of a bitter fallout between the two leaders.
In the latest realignment, Malala has strategically trooped back to Mudavadi citing bad blood between him and Oparanya in ODM while on the other hand, it would be a tall order to stick with Ruto given the former Kakamega senator Bonny Khalwale’s factor. Malala is aware ANC will back Lugari MP Ayub Savula for the seat.
Khalwale is fronted by Ruto in the 2022 Kakamega gubernatorial race.
Ketraco CEO is gearing up for a campaign tailored at disorganizing his opponents in what is projected to be a hot political competition. Others expected in the race are Savula, Kakamega county assembly clerk Laban Atemba, women representative Elsie Muhanda and former Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo.