Kanduyi MP and self-declared Ford-Kenya party leader Wafula Wamunyinyi’s political camp has been rocked by uncertainty in the wake of a political storm as a section of his rivals threaten to unlock multimillion shillings campaign war chest ahead of 2022 general elections.
The constituency is one of those to be split as per the BBI proposal. There is a feeling among the voters that the legislator does not have their interest at heart and his focus is on Ford Kenya coup politics. Others cited his development record in the populous constituency as wanting compared to other neighbouring constituencies. Wamunyinyi who has fallen out with Bungoma senator Moses Wetang’ula is said to be worried about his political future going by the rapidly increasing tribulations compounded by the truth that Wetang’ula is wearing a completely different mask ahead of the all-important forthcoming general elections.
The 2022 Kanduyi parliamentary race is promising to be an interesting affair and those positioning themselves to send Wamunyinyi home is his friend turned foe Ford-Kenya youth leader, WafulaWakoli. Aspirants eyeing MCA seats across the constituency have aligned themselves to the new wing led by Wakoli citing high handedness, lack of transparency during party nominations in the constituency towards general elections. Wakoli who is also Wetang’ula’s aide is seen to be on a charm offensive and has perfected the art of gracing social functions as well as meeting different groups of opinion leaders.
On the other hand, Wamunyinyi crafted a powerful campaign manifesto at the 2017 elections but the implementation is poor, a factor which has made his critics claim he is a mere theorist. The Ford Kenya support that he used to ride on to power has waned considerably, leading to the incumbent becoming unpopular with both the public and elected leaders within the constituency amidst allegations of nepotism at NG-CDF disbursements. With Wamunyinyi falling out with his campaigners, his chances are thinning following nepotism accusations, making it difficult to project how the other clans will perceive his 2022 bid.