Former Kakamega senator Boni Khalwale has told off his political opponents criticizing his move to shelve his gubernatorial bid barely months to the General Election.
This comes shortly after Kenyans took to social media to mock Khalwale for withdrawing from the gubernatorial race in favor of Senator Cleophas Malala.
In a joint media briefing, Khalwale said he will now be vying for the Kakamega Senatorial seat in the August 9, General Election, a seat currently held by Malala.
In a Tweet seen by Kivumbi.co.ke on Thursday, March 24, the career gynecologist-turned-politician argued that he was a utility player who is fit to play in whichever position his coach (Deputy President William Ruto) deploys him to.
“If you are a good player in soccer, you accept the position that the coach deploys you to,” he said.
On Wednesday, March 24, the vocal Tanga Tanga politician was the talk of the nation as many wondered why he had settled for the less plum Senate seat and left the gubernatorial post for Malala who will battle it out with, among others. ODM’s Fernandes Barasa.
Many observed that Khalwale’s move meant his political career is on the decline and he might never bounce back and be the fiery politician everyone admired when he was Ikolomani MP.
“In life, we have dreams deferred, in United Democratic Alliance (UDA), dreams are destroyed … UDA pioneers like Boni Khalwale gave their whole only to be told to step aside for newbie Cleophas Malala …. In August, when Baba (Raila Odinga) is President, UDA will leave so many orphans,” said lawyer Donald Kipkorir in a tweet after Khalwale was prevailed upon to leave the race for Malala.
Both Malala and Khalwale were seeking to succeed ODM deputy party leader Wycliffe Oparanya who will be exiting local politics after serving two terms at the helm of Kakamega County Government.