CS Eugene Wamalwa bolts out of the race to succeed Governor Patrick Khaemba in Trans Nzoia

Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa

According to political pundits, the decision by the CS will help him consolidate his support base and in the process, help diminish Ford Kenya party leader Moses Wetangula’s hold on Trans Nzoia County politics

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By SIRENGO NAMASAKA

The battle to succeed Governor Patrick Simiyu Khaemba in Trans Nzoia County is shaping up to be a defining moment in the region’s political landscape. Much now depends on Devolution and ASAL Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa who has decided not to vie for the seat and instead support Rift Valley regional coordinator George Natembeya.  

The decision by the young brother to former vice president Wamalwa Kijana to support Natembeya only months before the election year, has enraged many Ford Kenya political stalwarts, who see the move as blatantly hypocritical given that the late vice president was the party’s chairman after the death of Jaramogi Odinga. In response, Kiminini lawmaker Chris Wamalwa and his team are threatening to have the no-nonsense regional coordinator relieved of his duties, a threat that seems to have hit the rocks after both the president and the interior cabinet secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i told them off.

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According to political pundits, the decision by the CS will help him consolidate his support base and in the process, help diminish Ford Kenya party leader Moses Wetangula’s hold on Trans Nzoia County.

Initially, CS Wamalwa was keen on contesting for his former Saboti parliamentary seat in readiness for the proposed position of Deputy Prime Minister would the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) have sailed through.

However, the Minister has since remained silent on contesting for the position of member of the national assembly and is now keen on pushing for a top position in the next government which he anticipates will be formed between the president’s jubilee party, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement and other allied parties.

The cabinet secretary made the declaration when he spoke at the issuance of land titles to Salama Multipurpose Company in Endebes in Trans Nzoia county Sunday where he said he was ready to walk alongside Natembeya (a Bukusu name for the walker) as the latter seeks the Trans-Nzoia Governor’s seat and at the same time rally behind Mudavadi, Wetangula and Oparanya who are angling to make a stab at the Presidency during next year’s General Election.

The former Water and Irrigation Minister, has teamed up with former forest and wildlife minister and Kwanza MP Dr Noah Wekesa, former Regional development minister Fred Gumo, Luhya council of elders chairman Patrick Wangamati and the Bukusu council of elders chairman Richard Walukano to give the Luhyia community a new political direction.

All these moves by the state machinery to support Natembeya according to a Ford Kenya insider is not within constitutional bounds. Mr Natembeya says that when parties exercise their powers of office to the very edge, they encourage opponents to do the same if they’re elected.

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