Former Senator, Boni Khalwale, was forced to leave a Kenya Kwanza rally in Kakamega after he clashed publicly with his successor, Cleophas Malala, on Tuesday, June 14.
Trouble started after Khalwale asked residents to vote for whoever they would like to be their governor in the August elections.
Malala, who is contesting for the same position under the Amani National Congress (ANC) party ticket, is facing stiff competition from Fernandes Barasa of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).
Former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale addressing residents in Likuyani Constituency on Tuesday April 5, 2022
Boni Khalwale Twitter Page During his speech, Khalwale stated that all candidates in the gubernatorial race are sons of Kakamega and residents should vote for the person they deem fit.
“I want you to know this, I am the son of Luhya land from Kakamega, Malala is also a son of the Luhya community as well as Fernandes. All of us are looking for leadership and out of all these, I am the best, you can vote for me and for the rest you can decide who you want,” Khalwale stated.
When Malala took to the podium, he castigated Khalwale for his utterances and assured the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) senatorial candidate that Kakamega is his bedroom and he should not sell another person.
“What is this guy saying? This is my bedroom and if he is eating on both sides, he should tell us. Boni, I want to assure you that these people will vote for you as a Senator and when you come here stop talking about Barasa.
“Are you meeting him at night and that is why you are selling him? This is my bedroom and I intend to get 100 per cent of the votes, unless you want to get 2 per cent, stop speaking about others,” Malala stated.
An altercation ensured forcing Khalwale to leave the rally in a huff despite the two candidates supporting the Kenya Kwanza alliance under the leadership of Deputy President William Ruto.
The confrontation signals widening cracks in the Kenya Kwanza faction. Less than a week ago, ANC party leader, Musalia Mudavadi, urged residents in the Western region to vote for candidates from his party overwhelmingly in the August polls. Khalwale’s utterances are seen as a counter to Mudavadi’s.
Mudavadi caused jitters within the Kenya Kwanza alliance after he was captured complaining about Ruto and his UDA party claiming that the DP was trying to establish dominance within the coalition.
The footage, recorded at a late evening rally in his Sabatia backyard, showed Mudavadi complaining that UDA was fielding candidates in his home turf while he had avoided trampling on other regions controlled by his Kenya Kwanza principals.
Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala addressing a crowd in a past rally on Februarty 26, 2022. .jpg
Cleophas Malala The former Deputy Prime Minister told the people in his native Luhya language that Sugoi electorates would, without doubt, pick a Member of Parliament and that of the County Assembly affiliated to UDA to represent Ruto during the August 9 General Election.
Mudavadi warned his supporters not to embarrass him by entertaining UDA candidates in his home ground of Vihiga county.