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Khalwale censured over supporting Wetang'ula

06 November 2013, 09:05 Sam Kinyua

Kakamega - Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale is a besieged man following his decision not to tow the UDF party line in the Bungoma Senate by-elections.

Officials of the party have censured him over his defiance in the recent past which has occasioned him supporting a rival candidate.

Khalwale has openly declared that he would be backing Cord co- principal Moses Wetang’ula in the race to reclaim the seat he lost through an election petition filed by Musikari Kombo at the Bungoma High Court.

Kakamega County UDF Secretary, Malichi Abdala and Vihiga’s Khalid Njiraini led their colleagues in censuring the senator over his political stand which they stated was against the party’s resolution.

“Khalwale has shown open disrespect of the Amani coalition leadership and we hereby resolve as county officials to censure him and declare him unfit as a senator of Kakamega County. We urge the party disciplinary committee to take over and follow through to compel him to vacate the seat,” said Abdala.

Amani coalition, led by its leader Musalia Mudavadi, resolved to back Musikari Kombo of New Ford Kenya to clinch the seat.

Raphael Welimo, who is Kakamega county’s co- secretary for UDF said Khalwale’s decision to back Wetang’ula would not deter the party from pressing on with its intentions to ensure Kombo clinches the seat come December 16, the date of the by-election.

“As the UDF county officials, we recommend his (Kalwale) removal from the party. That notwithstanding, we will go to Bungoma County in full force and ensure that Kombo is elected through a free and fair process prescribed by the law,” he said.

Njiraini said it was unfortunate that Khalwale had failed to reciprocate the same support that was accorded to him by New Ford Kenya in the March 4 general elections to enable him clinch the position he currently holds as senator.

“Immediately after the elections, Khalwale engaged in acts contrary to the provisions of section 14 (5) of the political Parties Act. We call upon the party organs to activate its disciplinary instruments to degazette Khalwale as a member,” said Njiraini.

Khalwale dismissed the allegations of a rift between him and the party’s leadership saying his was an ideological difference informed by the campaign for Luhya unity.

While addressing residents at a funeral in Lirembe over the weekend, Khalwale maintained that his relationship with party leader Musalia Mudavadi was still intact.

“I don’t have any personal differences with Mudavadi. What is there is a difference in opinion on how we will sensitize voters in Bungoma County. My stand is that we have been calling for Luhya Unity and to make it happen we must start from somewhere,” said Khalwale.

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