In a clear signal of what is seemingly likely to be picked up by the Amani National Congress as their campaign strategy, the party is now lining up a list of Luhya leaders who they claim have been purposely targeted and frustrated by the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Alliance Coalition party machinery.
Amani National Congress party Nairobi Chapter Chairman Brian Mulama was speaking while making an appearance on Radio Jambo’s weekly political show Mazungumzo Wazi Wazi which was hosted by the station’s presenter Bramwell Mwololo. Alongside Mulama in the studio was James Mwangi. They were later joined by lawyer cum activist Brian Weke.
While defending embattled Nairobi senator Johnson Sakaja, Mulama claimed that the predicaments being faced by Luhya leaders in their quest for top leadership could all be traced back to Azimio. He went ahead to further claim that this alone was reason enough to agree that the outfit doesn’t have Luhya interests at heart.
He named Vihiga Women Representative Beatrice Adagala, Westlands constituency member of parliament Tim Wanyonyi and senator Sakaja as some of the Luhya leaders facing frustration from Azimio.
Sakaja had been facing a fierce legal fight concerning his academic papers, and he had blamed his woes on the Azimio chairman. He was nevertheless cleared to vie for Nairobi governor yesterday. Tim Wanyonyi, in his case, was prevailed upon by the Azimio hierarchy to step away from his gubernatorial ambitions in favour of the now Azimio candidate Polycarp Igathe.
Interestingly, Adagala hasn’t faced any problems and was, as a matter of fact, only recently cleared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to defend her seat.
She was elected in 2017 after the exit of Dorcas Kedogo of ODM who left to vie for the Vihiga MP seat. She lost to the incumbent MP Ernest Kagesi.
Adagala is set to face off Winnie Majani (ODM), Afandi Lukalo (MDG), Margret Mbuni(KANU), Lorna Obiri, Ruth Bukachi (independent), Mary Amalemba (DAP-K), who have been cleared by the IEBC.
While addressing the press after receiving her clearance certificate said she is seeking for the second term to finish what she started.
“I have done my best and if you give me a chance, I will do better from where we are,” Adagala said.
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