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Battle for the titans in Webuye West ANC nominations

Webuye West MP Dan Wanyama unopposed on Jubilee Party ticket, faces an uphill task from seven aspirants seeking Amani National Congress party (ANC) whose nomination will be carried out on Tuesday.

The MP’s former chief campaigner in the last elections and Webuye businessman Philip Wamoto is expected to give the incumbent who defected from ODM, a run for his money, should he win the ANC ticket for the August 8 General Election.

Mr Wamoto is in a bruising battle for the coveted ticket with veteran Journalist Vitalis Musebe and five others.

“I have worked with many politicians including Mr Alfred Sambu, (the Webuye East MP who is unopposed in ANC), where I was also his chief campaigner before the larger Webuye constituency was split into two.

“He appointed me into the CDF committee as the vice chairman for roads committee where we initiated many projects,” says Mr Wamoto.

He says, he wants to unseat his former boss so that he can help revive projects that were initiated by Mr Sambu but stalled under Mr Wanyama’s tenure.

“The incumbent has concentrated on the purchase of school buses where he allegedly gets 10 per cent, this is what has made me to go for this particular seat to save residents of Webuye East from bad leadership,” he said.

Mr Musebe has also waged a tough battle to unseat Mr Wanyama. He has concentrated his campaigns among women and youths.

“I have been able to traverse the entire constituency and I am certain that I will emerge the winner during the ANC primaries to enable me take head on the current MP, he has failed Webuye West and it needs new energy to change the residents’ fortunes,” he said.

Others are Baraza Kane, Ronald Nato, Charles Wafula and Michael Walekhwa who have put up a spirited campaigns to ensure they win in Tuesday’s nominations.

In Kanduyi constituency the battle is between Mr Wafula Wambanda and Mr Noel Makeni, all are Nairobi based businessmen.

Mr Wambanda has an upper hand to clinch the seat owing to his experience in politics after he emerged second to the incumbent Wafula Wamunyinyi after garnering 16,000 votes in 2013 general elections.

“I have taken this seat, I will face Wamunyinyi head on in August, he has failed the voters and we can no longer trust him with leadership,” said Wambanda.

Meanwhile, Bungoma County Amani National Congress (ANC) officials have vowed not to participate in the party’s primaries on Tuesday owing to what they say as frustrations from the national office.

The party’s County Secretary Martin Waliaula disclosed that they are going to keep off the Tuesday’s nominations owing to lack of clear roadmap from the national office on how the process will be conducted.

He blames the national secretary general Godfrey Osotsi for failing to provide the party membership list on time, constituting the County election board and recruitment of returning officers.

“We don’t want to participate in bungled primaries which has already been infiltrated by our rivals, this is actually a recipe for chaos,” said Mr Waliaula.

He stated that they have not trained anybody to help in observing the election process and it seems the national office has already picked some individuals instead of subjecting them into a nomination process.

“We don’t want a case where weak individuals will be handpicked to face our strong rivals in other parties, let the process be credible, free and fair for us to get strong people for the August polls,” he said.

“We want the Electoral College system used during the nominations on Tuesday to weed the party of intruders, the use of party membership isn’t fair at all because everybody including members will vote, we want the national office to oversee the primaries,” he said

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