Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition party has endorsed former Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi for the Bungoma senate seat.
Speaking on Thursday, November 3, during a press conference held at the Serena Hotel, Raila said that the coalition will offer Wamunyinyi the full support he’ll need to win the election.
He exuded confidence that the Democratic Alliance Party (DAP-K) leader will succeed National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang’ula who is considered County’s political kingpin having delivered votes for President Ruto in the August 9, elections.
“We are certain that Wamunyinyi will fly Azimio’s flag high in the Bungoma contest. We wish him well,” Raila said.
The ODM leader said Azimio wanted to field a seasoned politician who is none other than Wafula Wamunyinyi.
“Given the scenario unfolding in the country, an emerging one-man regime, the country will need seasoned fighters in all places. Wafula Wamunyinyi is our ideal person,” Raila said.
Wamunyinyi announced that he had joined the Bungoma senatorial by-election saying he was based placed to represent the county.
“Responding to calls from the great people of Bungoma County, I’ve joined the race for Bungoma senatorial by-election slated for Dec 8, 2022. With my experience as a long-serving MP, I’m best placed to provide proper representation, legislate, oversight, and protect devolution,” he said.
The seat fell vacant after Ford Kenya party leader Moses Wetang’ula was elected the National Assembly Speaker as per the Kenya Kwanza pre-election agreement.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) last month announced that the by-election will be held on December 8.
Wamunyinyi unsuccessfully defended his Kanduyi parliamentary seat in August 9, will be facing off with Wetang’ula’s long-serving Personal Assistance Wafula Wakoli who will be flying the Ford Kenya party ticket.