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Journalist Makali, brother disagree over Bungoma electoral seats

“We have tried to talk David into quitting the race in vain. Everyone in the family knows his campaign is going nowhere, and two of them running would leave a sour taste in the mouth of many constituents,” said an uncle to the brothers.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 30 Nov 2016 18:18 EAT

Former journalist David Makali and his brother John are embroiled in a bitter fight over who between them stands a better chance of winning the seats they have declared their interests in. While David is running for the Bungoma senatorial seat, his brother John, who is also the Speaker of the Bungoma County Assembly, has announced his intention to run for the Kanduyi parliamentary seat.

Last week, John told his supporters that his brother has no chance of winning the senate seat and should wind up his campaigns to avoid jeopardizing his realistic effort to win the Kanduyi seat. Speaking during the funeral of Patrick Bundu at Mukhaweli Primary School where both were in attendance, the Speaker urged his elder brother to rescind his ambitions as he stood no chance of winning.

“I have tried the Kanduyi seat in the past, in 2007, and lost to Alfred Khang’ati but I now have enough experience to get the seat. I am begging the son of my mother to allow me to win my seat and redeem the people of Kanduyi from bad leadership,” he told the mourners.

The Speaker said Kanduyi Constituency had been mismanaged since the current MP Wafula Wamunyinyi took over in 2013. He said only a change of leadership could help Kanduyi residents achieve their development goals.

The public spat between the brothers came as a surprise to the mourners, and family sources told the Kenya Free Press that relatives had prevailed upon David to step down for his brother in vain. “We have tried to talk David into quitting the race in vain. Everyone in the family knows his campaign is going nowhere, and two of them running would leave a sour taste in the mouth of many constituents,” said an uncle to the brothers.

However, an elder at Mukhaweli said: “There is no problem with the two running for the seats they are interested in. Let them go to the people. If one wins or they both lose, that will be democracy. They are our sons and they are going for different seats,” said the elder.

David told the mourners that he had what it takes to win the Bungoma senator’s seat and his supporters should not worry about who is else is running for other positions.

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