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Khalwale declares he contest for Kakamega Governorship in 2017

22 June 2015, 09:18 David Wekesa

Kakamega - Kakamega Senator, Boni Khalwale has declared that he will run for the area gubernatorial seat in 2017.

Speaking at Mwiboma village in Mumias East Constituency during the burial of Joyce Wamabani, a former Kenya Commercial Bank manager Saturday, Khalwale said the current Governor, Wycliffe Oparanya had failed to steer development despite the County receiving lots of money.

“I have been struggling at the Senate level to ensure that this County receives enough money, but your Governor is corrupt and therefore with him you will never feel the fruits of devolution,” he said.

Khalwale said that despite the County receiving KES 15.3 billion for the past two years, no visible development could be seen in Kakamega.

“After the five years of his tenure, I will come back and ask where he took the money I was struggling for in Nairobi and if he fails to answer, I advice you to show him the door,” he said.

He accused Oparanya of making reckless statements and diving the residents.

He further said the billions Oparanya was controlling made him run out of control and it was only prudent for the electorate to vote him out.

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Khalwale was elected on UDF ticket, a party afflicted to Jubilee but has since broken ranks with his sponsors and has been working with the opposition CORD coalition.

Speaking in the Luhya, Khalwale promised to give Oparanya a run for his money saying the race will make the entire Kakamega to “tremble”.

“Let him continue bragging how he controls billions because when that time comes, we will make the whole of Kakamega shake as he is ousted,” he said.

His sentiments were supported by Mayakalo MCA, Cleophas Malala and ODM politician, Rashid Mohamed.

Malala accused Oparanya of bribing MCAs to toe his line and forget their oversight role.

“As we are speaking now, he is holed with MCAs in Kisumu bribing them to endorse his budget,” he said.

Mohamed who is the ODM youth national leader said it was shameful to associate with Oparanya because of his corruption record.

Oparanya was voted on an ODM ticket.

Khalwale at the same time told sugarcane farmers from the region not to be duped by the KES 1 billion that President Uhuru Kenyatta was bringing to salvage Mumias sugar company this week, saying it was not a favour but their right.

“Let them not come here this coming week to dupe you. After all, we are tax payers and deserve that money,”s aid Khalawe.

He said the money was not a government grant as implied but money from the Kenya sugar board that has always been deducted from farmers.

He urged the national government to pump money in the industry to salvage it.

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