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Kakamega Deputy governor Ayub Savula publicly backs Wetangula ahead of Bungoma Senate mini-poll

By Mercy Simiyu November 1st, 2022 2 min read

Kakamega Deputy Governor Ayub Savula has appeared to break ranks with the Azimio coalition by publicly throwing his weight behind National Assembly speaker Moses Wetangula ahead of the Bungoma Senate mini-polls

Speaking in Wetangula’s Bungoma backyard during the homecoming of area deputy governor Jennifer Mbatiany, Savula argued he is compelled to support Wetangula as he is the closest Luhya leader to the presidency.

“We will support you as the number three in command in the Republic of Kenya. We are ready to work with you,” said Savula.

Savula is a member of the Azimio coalition which is led by President Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga, and Kalonzo Musyoka. Wetangula meanwhile is attached to the Kenya Kwanza coalition where he is a Principal.

Wetangula was recently elected the National Assembly’s speaker, a role that makes him the third in command politically, after President William Ruto and his Deputy Rigathi Gachagua.

The former Lugari lawmaker spoke amid early campaigns ahead for the Bungoma Senate seat.

The seat became vacant following Wetangula’s resignation in August so as to take up the National Assembly tole.

Among the candidates to have expressed interest in replacing Wetangula are Wafula Wamunyinyi (DAP-K), Wetang’ula’s aide Wafula Wakoli (Ford K), businessman Joseph Lendrix Waswa, Jacob Machacha, Rev Herman Kasili, lawyer Erick Nakhurenya, and former Bumula MP Mwambu Mabonga.

President Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party is expected to field a candidate in the race.

The Bungoma by-elections will be held on December 8, with the winner replacing Wetangula who has served in the Senate for the past decade.

The election could also offer a pathway for opposition leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka to reclaim their dominance in the Luhya community

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