Moses Wetangula, a senator from Bungoma and a co-principal of the Kenya Kwanza Alliance, has defended his decision to retain his senatorial candidacy despite a pact with the Deputy President Wiliam-led coalition.
Wetangula, who has been permitted to run for re-election by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), says he is not interested in personal rewards if the coalition wins power in August.
“Many individuals, particularly the Azimio team, have questioned why I want to defend my seat because we share the administration in Kenya Kwanza.” “I want to emphasize and reiterate that I am not seeking personal gain or aggrandizement,” the senator stated on Sunday.
“The 30% we’ve shared as the Mulembe Nation in Kenya Kwanza administration is still intact.” In Kenya Kwanza, we will have 22 ministers, with Ford Kenya having three cabinet secretaries and the ANC having three cabinet secretaries, as well as permanent secretaries, ambassadors, and many other key government posts,” he said.
Wetangula claims that being permitted to run in the General Election has given him more time to promote DP Ruto’s presidential campaign.
“Now that we’ve crossed this hurdle, I’ll turn my attention to our Kenya Kwanza presidential candidate Dr. William Ruto’s national campaigns,” he said.
He expressed confidence in Kenya Kwanza’s ability to influence the Luhyia population, claiming that their arch-rivals in the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition should not anticipate significant votes from the Western area.
“You all witnessed the Azimio crew roaming through Bungoma yesterday, anxious and without nobody to listen to them. They should be aware that Bungoma is completely under Kenya Kwanza’s control,” Wetangula remarked.
He further dismissed Defence CS Eugene Wamalwa’s support for the Azimio alliance and reported chances of continuing in the cabinet under an Odinga administration, claiming that this would not happen since Kenya Kwanza would win.
Lawrence Sifuna of the ODM, Charles Ngome of the DAP-K, Rev Herman Kasili of the UDP, and Jacob Machacha of the UDP are vying for the Bungoma senate seat in August.