Khalwale regret being in UDF, will contest seat on ODM ticket 2017.
NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 8 – Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale says he will not resign over his recent statement where is quoted as criticising his party – the United Democratic Forum (UDF) – and appearing to declare support for CORD leader Raila Odinga.
Khalwale is reported to have the remarks on Friday while speaking in Homa Bay during the last leg of campaigns for ODM candidate Moses Kajwang’.
In a series of posts on his Twitter account, the Kakamega Senator says resigning will be a waste of public funds because he is sure of winning the resultant by-election.
“I wish to affirm that I regret being in UDF, I wish I would contest my senator seat on ODM ticket, next time I will, Luhya vote for Raila 2017.”
“Those telling me to resign! I will not for one reason! My History with By-Elections is known,” said Khalwale.
The Kakamega Senator had earlier posted a message saying he regrets being in UDF and declared he would defend his seat during the next polls on an Orange Democratic Movement ticket.
Khalwale who has not been enjoying the best of relations with his party leader Musalia Mudavadi also dared the former deputy prime minister and former Speaker of the National Assembly Kenneth Marende to declare whether they will be vying for the presidency in the next polls.
“I still dare my brothers Mudavadi and Marende to declare their stand on 2017 Elections as early as now!” he tweeted.
The Senator who is popularly known as ‘the Bull fighter’ has teamed up Ford-Kenya leader and Senate Minority Leader Moses Wetangula, ODM Deputy leader and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and ODM Secretary-General Ababu Namwamba to ensure 2.3 million voters are registered from Luhyaland.
“That’s how we can take power. Power is not acquired through throwing stones, whipping people or through the bullet, it is through voting,” Senator Khalwale said.
Mudavadi, Marende and Federal Party of Kenya leader Cyrus Jirongo are behind a Western region initiative dubbed ‘Luhya Unity’ whose aim is for Luhya leaders put aside their differences to produce one leader and form a party that will accommodate everyone.