Former Kakamega senator Boni Khalwale has dropped his Kakamega gubernatorial bid in favour of Senator Cleophas Malala.
Khalwale drops out of Kakamega gubernatorial race in favour of Malala
Khalwale will be vying for the Senate seat in Kakamega county
In a joint media briefing held on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, Khawale said that has dropped out the governor race and he will now be vying for the Kakamega Senatorial seat.
The deal between Senator Malala and Khalwale was reached on following a consultative meeting that was held at Deputy President William Ruto’s Karen office. The meeting was attended by ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi, Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetangula among other Kenya Kwanza leaders.
“I want to announce that for Kakamega, Hon. Boni Khalwale has graciously accepted to run for Senator of Kakakega County and has graciously drop his bid for Cleophas Malala to run for the position of governor Kakamega county.
"This has come out of the spirt of give and take, the spirit of sacrifice and the clearly demonstrable leadership acumen of this two leaders. We have agreed that we are now going to build a team around them, from women rep, MCAs, MPs so that Kakamega will move into the next level. We are very clear that Kakamega is going to be a Kenya Kwanza County,” DP Ruto said.
The DP added that Khalwale's sacrifice in favour of senator Malala will not go unrewarded.
“I want to thank this two leaders, especially Boni Khalwale and we have agreed that his sacrifice will not go unrewarded.
Going into the future, we are going to build a team that is going to work for the people of Kakamega and Kenya,” the UDA presidential aspirant added.
Speaking at the presser, Musalia Mudavadi lauded Khalwale and Malala for striking a deal that will see them serve the people of Kakamega without any conflict.
“We want a decisive victory and their combination is going to deliver the decisive victory we want, we say congratulations to them and a big thank you to them. Let our teams on the ground work together and this victory is now in the horizon,” Musalia said.
In his acknowledgement speech, Dr Khalwale said; “It’s not about positions but the welfare of the people. I therefore want to confirm to the people of Western Kenya that I'm pleased to announce that I have not stepped down, but stepped up to focus on more agendas that covers our people. I’m presenting myself as the candidate for position of the senator of Kakamega county,”.
On the other hand, Senator Malala welcomed the endorsement from the Kenya Kwanza team with both hands.
“I wish to accept the nominateion and endorsement to run as the Governeor in Kakamega County. I want to thank my political father Boni Khalwale for stepping down for me. he has not done so because I’m a better leader than him, No. he has done so because if the sacrifice and the bigger picture that Kenya Kwanza is looking at," Malala affirmed.
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