Trans Nzoia County Gubernatorial contest will witness the battle of titans

Ford Kenya party leader Moses Wetangula

The most populous communities in the county are the Luhyia complete with a sitting governor in Patrick Khaemba, while DP Ruto’s Kalenjin community boasts of a few Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of the County Assemblies (MCAs

By The Weekly Vision Online

A political volcano has already erupted in the populous Trans Nzoia County for the governor’s job in next year’s elections. The titanic political battle will not be between personalities but the supremacy between Ford-Kenya the dominant party in the region and the novice on the market United Democratic Alliance (UDA).

This translates into a supremacy battle between Deputy President William Ruto and Moses Wetangula’s Ford-Kenya one of Okoa Kenya Alliance (OKA) principals. His party has dominated Trans Nzoia and neighbouring Bungoma county’s politics since the advent of multi-party politics in 1992.

This time around the biggest irony of the whole business is the fact that DP Ruto is desperately fighting to clinch the presidency through his baby UDA outfit while Moses Wetangula will be seeking to guard OKA’s political interests there.

The county’s Finance Executive Boniface Wanyonyi, a close ally of Khaemba, claims that he wants to continue with the legacy of his boss. The other aspirants gunning for the seat include Ford Kenya’s Secretary-General Chris Wamalwa, Woman Representative Janet Nangabo, former Agriculture Executive Andrew Wanyonyi, businessman Moses Khaoya and Philomen Samoei. Others are Abrahim Singoei and Maurice Bisau, both currently working in the office of DP Ruto

The most populous communities in the county are the Luhyia complete with a sitting governor in Patrick Khaemba, while DP Ruto’s Kalenjin community boasts of a few Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of the County Assemblies (MCAs). DP Ruto is fighting to consolidate and establish a powerful political base and supremacy in the former Rift Valley Province where Trans Nzoia County is located and the former Western province where he is also hungry to grab the Luhyia vote.

There is the critical question, not of the “hustler movement” but the power of his financial might against Moses Wetangula who is no match in that department, the DP personally experienced the might of liquid cash in politics through the defunct Youth for Kanu ’92 (YK ’92) as one of the chief operatives within the outfit.

The late president Daniel Arap Moi used the power of cash to beat the 1992 multi-party political hurricane that had threatened to bury his party, KANU the then ruling party. It has emerged that governor Khaemba wants his Finance Executive to succeed him. The most critical question is will Ford-K be ready to relinquish that seat to a UDA operative?

 The County is considered cosmopolitan and multi-ethnic because apart from the Luhyia and Kalenjin communities, it is also home to many other communities who settled there from across the country. The Kikuyus,Luos, Gusiis and the Maasai call Thans Nzoia home.  

What has emerged over the last two decades is the fact that a political contest for any seat be it MP or Governor is a highly emotive affair; it often pits the two dominant tribes, the Luhyias and the Kalenjins, against each other.

The county’s Finance Executive Boniface Wanyonyi, a close ally of Khaemba, claims that he wants to continue with the legacy of his boss. The other aspirants gunning for the seat include Ford Kenya’s Secretary-General Chris Wamalwa, Woman Representative Janet Nangabo, former Agriculture Executive Andrew Wanyonyi, businessman Moses Khaoya and Philomen Samoei. Others are Abrahim Singoei and Maurice Bisau, both currently working in the office of DP Ruto.

To be continued 

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