Ababu, Khalwale head out of Cord


17 Jul 2015 | by
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Ababu, Khalwale head out of Cord

Two top Western Kenyan politicians could be headed out of CORD after claiming frustration by coalition leader Raila Odinga lakeys, GW has established.GW has learnt that ODM Secretary General Ababu Namwamba and Cord leaning Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale could have reached the brink following two incidents where they felt they did not receive adequate protection from the party leader........

 Two top Western Kenyan politicians could be headed out of CORD after claiming frustration by coalition leader Raila Odinga lakeys, GW has established.GW has learnt that ODM Secretary General Ababu Namwamba and Cord leaning Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale could have reached the brink following two incidents where they felt they did not receive adequate protection from the party leader.

Khalwale, Mumias MP Benjamin Washiali are said to have organized a rally in Mumias  where they will declare their position in Cord. Khalwale’s beef stems from a case where he has been sued by Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero for defamation over Mumias Sugar. Khalwale together with Washiali had to hide from goons who sought to lynch them after a court session.According to those close to Khalwale, he had reached out to Raila to stop intimidation by people he claims were allied to Kidero in vain.

GW has also learnt that Budalangi MP Ababu Tawfiq Namwamba was  being groomed to take over the United Democratic Front (UDF) that was abandoned by Musalia Mudavadi.Those in the know say the Budalangi MP has been offered the party that Mudavadi used in the last general election to emerge third after Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga.Ababu has grown increasingly close to the jubilee coalition despite being the Secretary General of the Orange Democraic Movement. His defense has always been that he has to work with the government of the day and wait to do politics when the time comes.

According to reliable sources the Budalangi legislator is expected to be offered UDF now that Mudavadi has abandoned it and moved to his new baby, the Amani National Congress (ANC).The MP has been hobnobbing with both president Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto including the recent bail out of the Mumias Sugar Company.Ababu was instrumental in striking the deal which saw Uhuru and Ruto go all the way to Mumias to preside at the handing over. It was also not lost to many observers that during the function, pride of place was reserved for the MP both at the podium and also in the order of those who spoke.

While MPs from the region were asked to greet the wananchi, Ababu got a special moment to speak after all the other leaders had spoken including senators from Kakamega, Busia and Bungoma. The Budalangi MP was elevated above the other leaders in western Kenya.Soon thereafter, Namwamba bragged that he would soon host Uhuru for yet another function in his constituency that is usually ravaged by floods during the long rains. This time the president would be expected to launch the construction of bridges and dykes in the constituency that neighbors lake Victoria.

Sources close to the MP say that State House has identified him as one of the leading lights in western Kenya to be used to split the vote during the 2017 elections.According to those in the know Ababu will be sponsored to run using UDF so that he can split the Luhya vote is currently shared by Mudavadi and Raila.Others also believe that Ababu who has been close to Ruto since the DP's days in ODM could be used as a running mate should the Jubilee coalition collapse.

Speculation has been on the rise that Ruto might throw his hat in the ring in 2017 as he is not guaranteed to get the support of voters in central Kenya if Uhuru retains the presidency in the next general elections. Again Namwamba's name features in this scheme of things as he is expected to be Ruto's running mate. Uhuru on the other hand could resort to giving the running mate's position to Mudavadi. But all this remains speculation.

However what is known right now is that state house is wooing Namwamba to hand him UDF. The party re,aims leaderless after Mudavadi walked out after he failed to have it rebranded with fellow officials putting obstacles in his way.The former deputy prime minister took a bold step and went ahead to form ANC from scratch and he has been popularizing it. Currently, Mudavadi is in UK selling the party to possible partners.

After Mudavadi's departure, it is expected most of the MPs elected on the party's ticket in western Kenya will follow him to ANC when the right time comes. UDF has one governor in Lamu and two senators in vihiga and Kakamega.Mumias MP Ben Washiali was named the acting party leader but he has been quiet on whether he will remain in the party when the current parliament is dissolved.

Back to Namwamba, the Budalangi MP has always maintained that he is in ODM to stay but his actions do not back up his words.This weekend Luhya leaders are expected to hold a meeting in KakMega to protest the harassment of Washiali and senator Bonny Khalwale by goons hired to harass them when they appeared before the high court over their case with Nairobi governor Evans Kidero.

The two Luhya leaders were humiliated by the goons with KhalwLe forced to take cover  in the court toilets. The Kakamega meeting is expected to be stormy and give an indication how the community might vote.

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