Former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale has dropped his Kakamega gubernatorial bid in favour of incumbent Senator Cleophas Malala.

Khalwale, who was vying on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket, like Malala, on Wednesday said the decision followed consultation with Kenya Kwanza alliance principals.

Speaking at Deputy President William Ruto’s Karen home in Nairobi after negotiations, the former senator said he will now be seeking the county’s senate seat in order to champion the welfare of the people instead of political battles with Malala.

“I have not stepped down but rather up, so that I can focus more on the common agenda that covers our people and the rest of Kenyans,” said Khalwale.

DP Ruto, on his part, exuded confidence of Kenya Kwanza’s influence in Kakamega, saying his brigade was sure to fetch the county’s votes in the August polls.

“We are very clear in our minds that Kakamega is going to be a Kenya Kwanza County,” said Ruto.

“I want to thank these two leaders, especially the honorable Boni Khalwale, and we have agreed that his sacrifice will not go unrewarded.”

Also present in the meeting were Kenya Kwanza co-principals Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula, as well as Garissa Township MP Aden Duale.

The race to succeed Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has attracted interest from several leaders, among them Malala, Deputy Governor Philip Kutima and former Ketraco CEO Fernandes Barasa.

By Citizen Digital

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