Cheche co-host, David Makali, in Bungoma senatorial race
22 October 2013, 14:17
Bungoma - David Makali, a renowned political analyst and co-host of the Cheche talk show on Citizen TV, has expressed interest in running for the Bungoma senatorial seat in the by-elections slated for December 19.
The Bungoma senate seat fell vacant after an election petition disputing the win of Moses Wetang’ula, petition filed by former local government Minister Musikari Kombo, succeeded resulting in the nullification of the CORD Co-principal's win.
Makali addressed a series of public gatherings in Bungoma County over the weekend where he made public his intention of vying for the seat, but did not divulge on which party ticket he will run on.
“I want you to know that I will run for the Bungoma Senate seat in the coming by-elections, but I will make a major announcement soon and let you know on which political party I will be. I appeal to you to vote for me when that time comes,” he said at a funeral ceremony of the mother of Prof. Charles Ngome, the chairman of Luhyia Professionals at Eluya Village in Tongaren constituency, over the weekend.
He made similar remarks at another burial ceremony in Nalondo Village, Kabuchai constituency, but refused to comment on the matter further when pressed by journalists after the ceremony.
Speculations are rife in the County, however, that Makali, who is said to be a Raila Odinga diehard, going by his vehement support of the former Prime Minister is being propped as a compromise candidate in the event that the immediate former Senator, Moses Wetang’ula, is barred by the courts from contesting for the seat.
Wetang’ula’s win was annulled on grounds that he bribed voters, which in itself is a serious electoral offence that can result in him not being cleared to vie for the seat again.
There is also talk that the scribe will gun for the seat on an independent party ticket, in case Wetang’ula does not make it.
Makali now joins a growing list of potential aspirants for the seat, who apart from the predecessor and Musikari Kombo include; Bifwoli Wakoli, Dr. Juma Mukhwana and former MP Lawrence Sifuna among others.
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