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The race for Kakamega County gubernatorial seat may be one of the closely contested seats in 2017 after county senator Boni Khalwale declared his interest to contest the seat.
Khalwale promised a tough fight in the 2017 elections “because I will launch a very strong campaign against wycliffe oparanya”.
“Tell Oparanya he will meet a very strong, determined and focused man in the 2017 contest for the governorship” said Khalwale.
“How can Oparanya claim that no woman in Kakamega has sired a man who can unseat him from the county’s helm? Let him be warned that a woman in Kakamega gave birth to Khalwale ‘mtetezi wa wanyonge’” stated Khalwale.
Speaking in Mumias on Saturday, the senator accused Oparanya of dividing the county along tribal lines in terms of resource allocation and employment.
He said Oparanya had undermined people from the upper part of the county comprising of Lurambi, Ikolomani, Shinyalu, Malava, Lugari and Likuyani.
Khalwale said there are only two top leaders in Kakamega – Oparanya and Khalwale.
“Time is coming when you (electorates) will ask each one of us what we have done for you. I will state that I bargained and brought billions of money in Kakamega. You will then hold him accountable over the use of the billions I am bringing down to him” he said.
Other leaders who have shown interest for the county’s top seat include former Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo and a Nairobi-based lawyer Michael Osundwa.