In a past TV interview with Linus Kaikai, Deputy President William Ruto predicted that towards the end of the year, a rush like never before would be witnessed, with people who have been buying their time and weighing their options making a dash to join the United Democratic Alliance party, UDA. The latest scenes from Western Kenya have observers wondering whether the much talked about exodus may have began.
In a strange tweet by former Kakamega senator Bonny Khalwale, the vocal politician insinuated that during the weekend, the Kenya National Union of Nurses boss Seth Panyako would be joining him for an undisclosed but significant event.
Although Khalwale joined the tanga tanga movement quite late compared to his fellow colleagues from Western who are also part of the outfit, he has managed to swiftly shoot his way to the top hierarchy of the party, and eclipse longer serving DP allies such as Rashid Echesa and Washiali.
In the suggestive tweet, Kwalwale wrote,
Dr Boni Khalwale, CBS
Accompanied by the General Secretary of Kenya National Union of Nurses, Seth Panyako, and MCA Mahelo visited the leadership of the African Church of the Holy Spirit at Tumbeni in Malava Constituency. Weekend VIP reception loading..
Panyako himself is not a stranger to politics, and in 2017, he unsuccessfully vied for the Kakamega senator seat but lost to the current holder of the post, Cleophas Malala.
The poll itself was overshadowed, not just by the contentious election tussle between Malala and Panyako, but by the initial tug and pull which began at the ODM nominations, and which Panyako claimed to have been unfairly rigged out.
Panyako took the IEBC to court while contesting his loss against Malala, but the court ruled against him and ordered him to pay the electoral body and Malala 3 million.
Later on, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) accused Seth Panyako of attempting to blackmail them in a bid to avert litigation costs owed to them.
In a statement, the electoral body termed the allegations leveled by the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) official as “misplaced, misdirected and lacking in substance.”
“To date the said Panyako has not complied with the said High Court and Court of Appeal orders to pay the costs to IEBC,” the commission said.
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