Lusaka’s new speaker job to come in handy for Ju­bilee dur­ing cam­paigns

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties | Western -

A huge bat­tle is ex­pected in West­ern and specif­i­cally Bun­goma county as prepa­ra­tions for the re­peat pres­i­den­tial elec­tion be­gin. Former Bun­goma Gov­er­nor Ken­neth Lusaka (pic­tured) clinch­ing the Se­nate Speaker po­si­tion is part of Ju­bilee’s plan to con­sol­i­date its sup­port in the re­gion, ex­perts say. Lusaka was elected speaker on the eve of the Supreme Court rul­ing, nul­li­fy­ing Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta’s re­elec­tion. “Though the de­ci­sion to make Lusaka speaker is ba­si­cally a 2022 strat­egy by Ju­bilee to make sure parts of West­ern hold to­gether in its favour, Ju­bilee will use it to up its num­bers in the re­peat polls,” po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Martin Oloo said. He said Ju­bilee hopes to use Lusaka’s new job to in­su­late its sup­port in Bun­goma from NASA co-prin­ci­pal and Ford Kenya leader Moses We­tang’ula. Though four of the seven Bun­goma MPs are in Ju­bilee, NASA has key po­si­tions. Through Ford Kenya, it has We­tang’ula as se­na­tor, Gov­er­nor Wycliffe Wangamati and woman rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cather­ine Wam­bil­ianga. Dur­ing the Au­gust 8 polls, NASA’s Raila Odinga got 284, 786 votes against Uhuru’s 126, 475 in Bun­goma county. The Supreme Court nul­li­fied Uhuru’s re­elec­tion on grounds it was not con­ducted in ac­cor­dance with the Con­sti­tu­tion and Elec­tions Act. It or­dered the IEBC to or­gan­ise a fresh pres­i­den­tial elec­tion within 60 days. Both Ju­bilee and NASA have hit the cam­paign trail in readi­ness for the first re­peat pres­i­den­tial race. Po­lit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor Isaac Wan­jekeche said Ju­bilee will fo­cus on West­ern.

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