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Friendly fire; Wetangula issues subtle warning to Ruto and UDA ahead of Bungoma by-election with Didmas Barasa at center of it all

by Joshua Wanga
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As goes the popular saying, a day in politics is a long time. Gone and forgotten are the days when William Ruto would dismissively refer to Moses Wetangula as ”yule wa kupigwa na bibi”. However, Wetangula’s mellowed warning is giving a flashback to those days.

The National Assembly Speaker and Ford Kenya Chairman was speaking while making an appearance on KBC TV and Radio during an interview that was conducted by the station’s presenter Rashid Mwamkondoo.

When asked about his thoughts on the upcoming by-election in his county and any fears of intra-coalition rivalry between his party and UDA, he boasted that UDA is free to vie but stands absolutely no chance of winning.

Explaining to Mwamkondoo that the entire Bungoma leadership is behind the Ford Kenya candidate Wakoli, he revealed that even William Ruto’s area point-man and Kimilili MP Didmas Barasa is also backing Wakoli.

Ford Kenya settled on a long-serving aide to National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula as its candidate for the Bungoma county senatorial by-election. The party said Wafula Wakoli who has been a personal aide to the National Assembly speaker will fly the party’s flagbearer in the by-election.

The party’s Bungoma county chairperson Catherine Wambilianga rubbished calls from the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) supporters that Ford Kenya shelves its plans to field a candidate and instead back its (UDA) candidate

The seat became vacant following Wetang’ula’s resignation as Bungoma senator to run for the National Assembly speaker’s seat. In the looming by-election, UDA is fronting former Bumula MP Mwambu Mabonga for the senator’s seat after he lost to Jack Wamboka of DAP-K in the concluded elections.

Wambilianga maintained that the senator’s seat belongs to Ford Kenya and as such, the party would defend it in the by-election. ‘’We had only one Ford Kenya senator in the Senate so those thinking we are going to support them should forget it,’’ said Wambilianga who is the Bungoma Woman Representative. She said Wakoli had stood with the party through thick and thin, promising that time had reached to reward him.

The polls have been scheduled for January next year.

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