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Drama as Matungu by-election campaigns close

By People Reporter
Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021
UDA candidate Evans Kakai on the campaign trail in Matungu constituency. Photo/PD/YUSUF MASIBO
In summary

Harsh political exchanges dominated the last day of campaigns for the Matungu parliamentary seat.

Political leaders traversed across the constituency as they galvanised for votes for their respective candidates ahead of the Thursday by-election.

Amani National Congress Party Leader Musalia Mudavadi led campaigns for their candidate Peter Oscar Nabulindo during which he urged the residents to reject their opponents who had contributed to their mystery through the fall of Mumias Sugar Company.

Mudavadi said a vote for Nabulindo was a boost for Luhya unity and his bid to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.

Lurambi MP Titus Khamala tore into the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna over his verbal attacks on Mudavadi saying “he had been cursed.”

“There is a boy called Edwin Sifuna who is coming here to insult and undermine the Luhya leaders yet he does not even have a simba. He should go slow or be cursed,” said Khamala.

Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malalah accused Governor Wycliffe Oparanya of being used to discredit the leadership of Mudavadi saying he would be humiliated on Thursday.

The ANC, ODM and United Democratic Alliance troops campaigned in the area with both calling for peaceful elections.

The widow of the former MP Justus Murunga, who is seeking the seat as an independent candidate, turned the heat on her UDA opponent Alex Wamukoya Lanya accusing him of seeking to divide her family.

“Alex Lanya was the treasurer of my husband’s funeral committee and he has never accounted for the millions of shillings that he received, including Sh1.2 million that he was paid for the mausoleum which is still unfinished,” the widow claimed.

“He has been trying to divide my family and is behind the candidacy of my step-son, Eugene.,” she added.