Teachers endorse Bifwoli for Bungoma senator
28 October 2013, 18:11
Bungoma - A section of teachers in Bungoma County have endorsed former Bumula Mp, Bifwoli Wakoli, to vie for the senatorial seat by-election slated for December 19.
The teachers said that Wakoli is much suited to be the Bungoma senator because of his experience as a teacher and a politician, having represented Bumula constituency for two terms and as Lands Assistant Minister in the Kibaki’s regime.
Led by Bungoma North Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) executive secretary, Seme Sunguti, the teachers over the weekend unanimously endorsed Wakoli saying that he is well placed to be the Bungoma’s senator because he fought for the rights of teachers during his tenure as the teachers' representative.
Speaking during the Bungoma teacher’s education scheme annual general meeting held at Maliki boy’s high school on Saturday, Wakoli hinted that he will contest for the seat on Labour Party of Kenya (LPK) ticket.
“I left Ford Kenya party in June 2013 after the owners seemed to be fearing those who would offer them competition. I have decided to join LPK so that I contest this vacant seat because am currently jobless,” said Wakoli.
He noted that residents of Bungoma County have their own democratic right to vote in any leader of their choice and asked voters to be wary of leaders who won’t fulfill what they promise during their campaigns.
The former legislator castigated contestants who carry youths to funerals to cause chaos saying that their time is long gone and should concentrate on selling their policies instead of engaging in unnecessary public shout outs.
He called on leaders from outside Bungoma County to stop being used to cause chaos and instead be peace-loving Kenyans.
He was reacting to an ugly incident that took place in Tongaren constituency where Cord and Amani coalition supporters fought each other after an ODM national youth leader Rashid Mohamed from Mumias accused New Ford Kenya party leader of asking for handouts from the government officials.
A number of people have declared their interest for the seat, including former Bungoma senator Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya), Musikari
Kombo (New Ford Kenya), Juma Mukhwana (TNA), Journalist David Makali (independent candidate), Lawrence Sifuna (United republican party) and former presidential candidate Nickson Kukubo (party not yet named).
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