BIFWOLI WAKOLI: EX-SEMINARIAN OPTS FOR POL­I­TICS

BIFWOLI WAKOLI / ‘Awori is a dic­ta­tor!’ Wakoli screamed, as he walked across the length and breadth of Parliament Build­ings, much to the con­ster­na­tion of the press corps cov­er­ing the day’s pro­ceed­ings

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - IBRAHIM ORUKO @ad­owmo

The im­age of Bifwoli Wakoli yelling all over Parliament re­mains etched in the minds of many Kenyans who saw that scene re­peat­edly on their TV screens, even though it took place more than 10 years ago.

“Awori is a dic­ta­tor,” Wakoli screamed, as he walked across the length and breadth of parliament build­ings, much to the con­ster­na­tion of the press corps gath­ered to cover the day’s pro­ceed­ings.

Whether it was anger or com­edy re­mains un­clear, and the man him­self re­mains guarded on his un­usual ac­tion to this day.

The bone of con­tention was the bun­gled nom­i­na­tion of Kenyan mem­bers of the sec­ond East African Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly (EALA) in 2006.

Pow­er­ful in­di­vid­u­als within Narc had set­tled on the rul­ing coali­tion nom­i­nees with­out much con­sul­ta­tion among the MPs.

“The yelling had noth­ing per­sonal against Awori. I was merely do­ing my job in the best way I could do in the cir­cum­stances,” Wakoli, then Bu­mula MP, rem­i­nisces.

He was the Ford-Kenya chief whip at the time.

The party had set­tled on Ger­vase Akhaabi as its nom­i­nee who was, how­ever, omit­ted from the fi­nal list. Awori, sum­moned a meet­ing of the coali­tion’s lead­er­ship to ex­plain the list.

“He walked in, read the names and when Ford-Kenya de­manded an ex­pla­na­tion, he ig­nored us and walked out on me. That is when I started yelling,” Wakoli says.

What­ever you may say about Wakoli, he is sat­is­fied that the yelling proved ef­fec­tive.

Awori amended the list and Akhaabi’s name was in­cluded.

“I have noth­ing against Awori but the yelling saved the sit­u­a­tion for my party.”

Wakoli says that pol­i­tics was never of much in­ter­est to him ini­tially. “I wanted to be a pri­est largely be­cause of the ad­verse con­di­tions of life that I was raised in.”

He joined the sem­i­nary to achieve his dream. At Form Three, he was sus­pended for a year due to in­dis­ci­pline. He joined an­other school, but re­turned to the sem­i­nary as soon as the sus­pen­sion ended just to be closer to God.

Yet, even with this ded­i­ca­tion he didn’t end up as a pri­est.

“Many are called, but few are cho­sen,” he now says. “God called me but at one point de­cided that he didn’t want me. I ac­cepted it as part of his will.”

After los­ing the Bu­mula seat in 2013, he con­tested the Bun­goma sen­a­to­rial by-elec­tion the same year but lost to Moses We­tan­gula.

He plans to re­gain the Bu­mula Par­lia­men­tary seat in 2017.

“I WANTED TO BE A PRI­EST LARGELY BE­CAUSE OF THE AD­VERSE CON­DI­TIONS OF LIFE THAT I WAS RAISED IN.”

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