It’s no secret that these two Kakamega politicians; incumbent Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and the outgoing Senator Boni Khalwale, don’t see eye to eye, what with all the vitriol they throw at each other at every opportunity.
Throughout this electioneering period, the two have been spoiling for a fight, and the political duel came to an end on Tuesday, August 8 when residents of the Western Kenya county queued to elect their most preferred choice for Governor. Oparanya won by a landslide.
Oparanya is also the ODM party deputy leader and garnered 387,999 votes while Khalwale managed to convince 134, 999 voters.
Zipo.co.ke has established that just days to election day, the incumbent had foreseen his victory and promptly reached out to Khalwale with a position in his government.
An article by The Standard on Saturday, August 12, says that while on the campaign trail in Lugari, Oparanya told the residents that he wouldn’t let his nemesis get lost in obscurity and languish in poverty, especially because he was husband to two wives and father to many.
“I will appoint Khalwale as the county coordinator for bullfighting. I know he cannot win the election. I have already allocated a slot in my administration. He will serve as the coordinator for bull fighters. He will have a managerial position since he lacks managerial skills and experience,” Oparanta said, adding:
“He clearly enjoys the sport. I will ensure he has an office in Malinya, Ikolomani where he constructed a bullfighting stadium. I will reward his efforts towards bullfighting activities in Kakamega. It is astonishing that to create space for these activities, he relocated an entire primary school,” said Oparanya.
Khalwale has since rejected the results of the Kakamega gubernatorial race with his party Ford Kenya where his is number two, saying they will not accept the results of the past concluded polls, right from the MCAs to the President.