Top Jubilee governor in trouble after NASA’s new decision

All is clear to have the governor out of office

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Speaking on a tour in Moses Wetangula’s backyard, NASA’s Odinga said that the coalition will field one candidate for the Bungoma governor race in the August 8 polls.

Currently, Mr Lusaka is facing three candidates drawn from ODM, Ford Kenya and Amani National Coalition, a move analysts argue will propel Lusaka’s re-elections.

The coalition has now vowed to decide who between ODM's Alfred Khangati, ANC's Stephen Muturo and Ford Kenya's Wycliffe Wangamati will unseat incumbent Governor Kenneth Lusaka.

Currently, Mr Lusaka is the region's point man for Jubilee party and has been making inroads in Western for the ruling coalition.

However, NASA’s onslaught in the region has been apt, in a bid to have the lion’s share of the over 1.2 million votes in the regions. The coalition now wants to present a united front against Lusaka to secure majority representation.

"We have very strong candidates in Bungoma and we do not want to make a mistake that will make Lusaka capitalise and sail through," Raila said during a rally in Posta Grounds in Bungoma.

He also asked ODM Senate candidate and former radio journalist Bonny Nyongesa to step down for NASA co-principal Moses Wetang'ula.

Nyongesa was told he would be considered for another position in the government after NASA sweeps the August 8 polls.

Raila also asked ANC's David Makali to reconsider his bid, assuring that he will occupy Wetang'ula's seat once NASA forms the government.

A sharp contrast however emerged when Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale asked residents to vote for Ford Kenya candidates so that Western can establish a strong economic block.

He argued that seats in Western should be left to Ford Kenya and ANC, while presidential votes go to Raila.

Political analysts argue that if NASA does not come up with one candidate for the region then Lusaka will win unopposed in the polls.

"We're having dangerous remarks from ODM's Khangati, who says if residents don't vote for him then let them vote for someone else as Wangamati is still a toddler in politics," Isaac Wanjekeche said.

The major pitfall for NASA, however, is a failed consolidation of the nomination process, an edge Jubilee enjoyed in the region.

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