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Trans Nzoia governor’s race hots up as Ndiema joins crowded pack

The cabinet secretary for water resources, Eugene Wamalwa, may also contest the seat. The former Saboti MP, who has recently been linked to the Nairobi governorship race, had earlier announced his intention to contest in Trans Nzoia.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comFriday, 19 Aug 2016 13:37 EAT

The battle for Trans Nzoia governorship position is becoming tighter by the day with new contestants throwing their hats into the ring. The latest entrant into the race is Senator Henry Ndiema of Ford-Kenya.

Although Ndiema is yet to officially declare his interest in the seat, the senator held a major strategy meeting a fortnight ago, following which his supporters have been openly touting him as the best to replace  the incumbent, Patrick Khaemba.

Other leaders vying to unseat Khaemba include Cosmus Nabungolo, a high school principal, former cabinet minister Noah Wekesa and radio journalist Joshua arap Sang, who until recently was facing charges of crimes against humanity at the ICC.

Mr Kakai Bisau, who works with the United Nations, and businessmen Martin Nang’ole and Joel Gesuka have also shown interest. Of the candidates, only Ndiema is from the minority Sabaot community. Khaemba, Nabungolo, Wekesa and Bisau are from the populous Bukusu group.

The cabinet secretary for water resources, Eugene Wamalwa, may also contest the seat. The former Saboti MP, who has recently been linked to the Nairobi governorship race, had earlier announced his intention to contest in Trans Nzoia. “Before my contract ends next year, I will resign and join a party that Uhuru will captain with Ruto his deputy," he had said.

Wamalwa is being fronted by a section of Jubilee leaders to contest in Nairobi in order to break the ODM alliance of Western Kenya communities that is the bedrock of incumbent Evans Kidero’s popularity. Should that project fail, he would fall back on his original plan and run in Trans Nzoia.

Of the candidates, Wamalwa and Sang would vie on the Jubilee ticket.

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