BY GODFREY ASA
With the political campaigns having kicked off, Bungoma County is witnessing a flurry of re-alignments as a number of politicians are seeking to work with political parties which are ordinarily their competitors ostensibly with the aim of blocking candidates from their own coalitions from winning seats hence destroy their chances.
Fresh revelations are focusing on the ODM Bungoma Gubernatorial Candidate Alfred Waswa Khang’ati who is said to have held a series of private meetings with one of the co-coordinators for the Jubilee campaign in Western Region one Evans Kakai who happens to be a Commissioner with the Kenya Revenue Authority – KRA. Why Kakai is meddling in Bungoma Politics is any one’s guess but word has it that he may be doing this to secure his Directorship position at KRA if Uhuru and Ruto are lucky to win a second term.
It is lately emerging that Khang’ati has been using Kakai as a bridge and connection to Jubilee ‘s Deputy Party Leader from whom Khang ’ati is said to have received hundreds of millions of shillings which he is already dishing out across the County. This fact was witnessed when he convened a meeting of ODM officials and Party Candidates in Webuye last week at which he chest thumbed and boasted that despite having kept away from the County most of the time since the last general election, he was now ready and financially able to mount a formidable and winning campaign.
It is instructive to note that Khang’ati’s new found fortunes come in the wake a financially strapped situation in which he had found himself in amid speculations that he had even decided to quit active politics altogether had it not been for this Jublee intervention to salvage his dwindling fortunes. Political observers in the County are deeply concerned that Khang’ati has chosen to take this route of betrayal to his own coalition.
Mr. Sabastian Wasiche Okubasu an ODM member in Bungoma town told your popular Weekly Citizen writer that despite Khang’ati having received support from people in town and Kanduyi at large in his Gubernatorial bid during the 2013 Elections he should not expect the same support this this time around since he is hell bend to working against NASA and the Coalition’s Presidential Flag Bearer Raila Amolo Odinga by going to bed with the likes of Lusaka.
Moreover said Wangila Sifumbukho from Walala area in Kanduyi ,” the parents and Community of Walala Primary school will never forget the remarks made by Khang’ati in which he blamed Walala people for re-producing like rats when we pleaded him for Funds from CDF to house our children who were learning under trees and in caves while he was Kanduyi Member of parliament”. Continued Sifumbukho, “ when he attempted to be Governor the other time it was obvious that he had failed as Kanduyi MP na watu wengi walitaka aangukie juu”
Khang’ati’s about turn to work with Jublee agents has come as a big surprise to many in the County who have all along known him as ODM Leader Raila Amolo Odinga’s close allay and associate having been an Assistant Minister in Raila’s office when the ODM king pin was a Prime Minster during the 20007 to 2013 Coalition Govern ment. He is now bei ng accused of working to divide the Nasa Vote by directly and indirectly supporting Jublee through these and other tricky schemes.
During the Webuye meeting Khang’ati did not hide the fact he was the biggest and number one enemy of NASA UNITY when he came out with guns blazing with claim that he would rather work with the politically troubled and beleaguered Bungoma Governor Kenneth Makelo Lusaka of Jublee than co-operating with anyone from the NASA Coaltion.
Meanwhile Human Rights activists in Bungoma County have appealed to the Retired Arch- Bishop Wabukala EACC Anti – Corruption Body not to clear Khang’ati to contest the Gubernatorial seat for having obtained his ODM Nomination Party Certificate corruptly and through the back door. Our extensive investigations reveal that although all other candidates paid for their nomination, Khang’ati did not pay anything going against Party rules and in contravention of the law of the land as governed by Political Parties Act.
Additionally the Activists led by Musa Lukoye himself an ODM member say that Khang’ati has a Truth Justice Reconciliation Commission – TJRC hanging on his head having been barred from ever holding Public office for getting involved in an altercation with a local Kenya National Union of Teachers – KNUT woman official who accused him of having harassed her in public with the matter ending up at the TJRC whereby after Public hearings it was ruled that Khang’ati should never hold Public Office in this Nation.
On the other hand it is ironical that it is the same Raila Odinga his meantor who is pushing President Uhuru Kenyatta to have the TJRC report tabled in parliament so that the Nation moves to implement the recommendations in the report with a view to healing wounds of the past injustices which have affected the people of Kenya since the attainment of Independence.
With all indications that Jublee has lost grip of Bungoma County , our investigations and surveys on the ground reveal that with Governor Lusaka on sensing this impending defeat, he took to literally meddling in NASA nominations by funding Candidates whom he believed will be weaker hence assist Jubilee to soften the blow from NASA.
For instance in Bumula Constituency Lusaka funded one Wanami Wamboka who was perceived to be a weaker candidate than his rival Mwambu Mabonga by disrupting the Ford Kenya primaries with the aim of shutting out Mwambu a and having Wamboka nominated which he succeeded to do. However it is becoming apparent that despite Mwambu having moved to contest as an independent candidate, the Ford Kenya Party has decided to work with him having noticed Lusaka’s desperate moves.
Despite this “show of might” from Lusaka, there seems to be no hope for him to take charge of Bungoma or Western Region Politics contrary to the expectations of his Jubilee stalwarts as other areas in the region are resisting his being made the man in charge of Uhuru – Ruto campaign . They blame him for being weak and unable to coordinate any program even on his own behalf.