By Andrew Ombuni
Amani National Congress (ANC) Kakamega County Youth leader Emmanuel Buchichi has told former Senator Boni Khawale that they are not interested in working with Deputy President William Ruto.
Buchichi who is one month old in office said Khalwale has been making pronouncements at funeral places and in public functions that they are merging ANC and Ford Kenya so that they can work with Ruto ahead of 2022 polls.
“You cannot merge two parties and support a competitor. The merger had ill intentions and we are not going to allow him (Khalwale) to take us Ruto’s camp. We are working around the clock to make Musalia Mudavadi President and not joining Ruto,” said Buchichi.
The maverick youth leader who is referred to as Senator Buchichi told Khalwale that he is working with Ruto for his own selfish interests and that what the pronouncements he has been making are not of the entire Mulembe nation.
He said Khalwale should speak on behalf of Ford Kenya where he the deputy party leader and not ANC.
Buchichi said Mudavadi will only join Ruto if the Deputy President will his running mate and not the other way round, saying Mudavadi is senior to Ruto.
“Let us not cheat one another that Mudavadi can be a running mate to William Ruto going by Khalwale’s sentiments. Khalwale is a self-seeking individual and we will not abide by his political theatrics,” said Buchichi.
In Kakamega, ANC got 5 MPs and 19 MCAs in the last polls and according to Buchichi, come 2022, they want to take all the MP seats.
He said they are recruiting new members to the party so that come 2022, ANC will be the face of Western region, adding that ODM has died a natural death and that Raila should fore feit support from the region come 2022.
“ODM is now a moribund party in Western region. Come 2022, we will an ANC Governor in Kakamega, Vihiga and Busia where the party has been popular,” said Buchihchi.
He also said Governor Wycliffe Oparanya’s chances were minimal since he is not even popular in Western as compared to Ruto.
“The Council of Governors agreed to support one of their own to run for presidency but they didn’t say they will support Oparanya for the top seat. Let him support his elder brother (Mudavvadi) and he will get a state job,” said |Buchichi.
But Khalwale has maintained that merger on ANC and Ford Kenya was complete.
According to Khalwale, they have registered a new party that a Luhya presidential candidate will to vie for presidency come 2022
“The All Kenyan Alliance (AKA) party is the new outfit we are going to use to sell our Presidential candidate to Kenyans. We will be launching it in a month’s time and then embark on a countrywide popularization of the party,” said Dr Khalwale.
Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya) and Governor Wycliffe Oparanya (ODM) have all shown interest for the presidential seat. Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa is also said to be interested in the top seat.
According to Khalwale, they are waiting for Mudavadi and Wetang’ula to settle on an ideal date of launching the party, saying they welcome other leaders across the political divide to join the bandwagon as they (Mulembe nation) prepare to take the presidency.
“I want to assure you that the voters have welcomed the idea of forming one party that will be used by a Luhya presidential candidate in the 2022 elections,” said Khalwale.
He added: “Mudavadi, Wetang’ula, Oparanya and Eugene Wamalwa all want to be president but when that time comes; they’ll agree who will run for the top seat using the party,”
Khalwale said after the launch of the party, they will start seeking alliances with other regions saying, even if Western Kenya voted as a block, it was impossible for their candidate to get the presidency.