Journalist declares bid for Bungoma senate seat

The race for the Bungoma Senatorial seat is attracting more candidates with the latest entrant being a journalist.

The seat is currently being held by National Super Alliance (Nasa) co-principal Moses Wetang’ula who has declared he will be vying for the presidency.

Royal Media Services (RMS) Boniface Wayne Nyongesa will battle it out with another journalist, David Makali among other aspirants.

Mr Nyongesa, the head of Sulwe FM — a Bukusu vernacular station — is seeking the ODM ticket while Mr Makali is seeking the Amani National Congress ticket as they eye the seat.

Mr Makali fell out with Budalang’i MP and Labour Party of Kenya leader Ababu Namwamba over which coalition between Nasa and Jubilee to support.


An alumni of Multi Media University where he specialised in electronic media, Mr Nyongesa is also a former student of St. Mary’s Kibabii Boy’s and Bukembe Primary School in Bungoma County.

“I have seen that the seat fell vacant after the current Senator (Mr Wetang’ula) announced his presidential ambition. Those who are vying for the seat are not serious candidates,” he said.

At first, Mr Nyongesa had announced his bid to vie for the Bukembe East Ward seat but says that after consultations, he decided to go for the bigger seat.

Mr Makali who unsuccessfully vied during the 2013 by-election has been traversing the county as he seeks support for his bid.

Dr Juma Mukhwana, a renowned Bungoma businessman is also in the senate race on Jubilee Party.

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