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Thursday, 20 Jul 2017 17:46 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) parliamentary candidate for Sirisia constituency Moses Nandalwe Wanjala is poised to trounce the current MP John Waluke who ditched opposition for Jubilee, if the latest opinion poll is anything to go by.
According to the poll conducted by a local agency Moses Nandalwe Wanjala aka Aliko Dangote-Mr Moneybags is rated at 42 per cent with Waluke a distance second with 23 per cent rating while Ford-Kenya candidate Levy Makali is trailing at 9 per cent.
The poll results indicated that Mr Nandalwe has an all-round following in the three wards of the constituency namely Namwela, Malakisi/South Kulisiru and Lwandanyi.
“Mr Nandalwe has campaigned under the platform of NASA Presidential candidate Raila Odinga winning the presidency and this has propelled his following since ODM is the most popular party on the ground”, said Wafula Wekesa.
Mr Waluke won the 2013 general election on an ODM ticket, which he ditched last year for Jubilee and the wards are still dominated by ODM Party. Lwandanyi ward is populated by Tesos and the current MCA is an ODM while, Malakisi/South Kulisiru has an ODM MCA. Namwela has an MCA from UDF, but ODM is poised to capture the seat during the August 8 polls.
Ford-Kenya is not performing well in the constituency despite having being represented for 10 years, by NASA Principal who is also the Bungoma senator Moses Wetangula. According to people who spoke to Kenya Free Press, but did not want their names made public for fear of antagonizing the NASA coalition parties said Ford-Kenya has lost following because, its leader Mr Wetangula did not implement any tangible project for the years he served as area MP.
Asked why ‘Moneybags’ is the man to watch in the constituency, they said he is generous in helping people with needy cases such as school fees and cites the paying school fees for five best girls from Bungoma County.
“Mr Nandalwe has implemented projects not comparable to those funded by Constituency Development Fund (CDF) despite not being an MP”, said one of his supporters.
Mr Nandalwe, last month claimed he was apprehended at night and his family put under house arrest. He said his home had been surrounded by police ahead of Deputy President William Ruto’s visit of Bungoma County.
Reports further indicated that Mr Nandwale was also summoned to appear before County and District Commissioner for undisclosed reasons. The aspirant has been at loggerheads with security apparatus for opposing Jubilee administration.
Two months ago, Mr Nandwale was allegedly linked to plot to block DP’s convoy along Kitale-Webuye road when he visited the area to drum up support for Jubilee.
The former chairman of Kenyatta University Students Association (KUSA) is famed for his immense wealth.