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Showdown Expected in Kakamega as ANC and UDA Flex Muscles Ahead of Ruto’s Visit

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A political showdown is looming in Kakamega County ahead of President William Ruto’s Sunday tour in Western Kenya.

The President who is set to attend a prayer rally at Bhukungu Stadium is expected to witness the unfolding political supremacy battle in Western Kenya pitting his UDA party Secretary General Cleophas Malala, Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba’s camp against the ANC and Ford Kenya battalion led by Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi and his political partner, National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula of Ford Kenya.

The prayer meeting is expected to be attended by Kenya Kwanza’s top leaders from Western Kenya.

The political supremacy battle in Western Kenya is normally won in Kakamaga County which is the epicenter of the ever divisive Luhya politics. 

Mudavadi and Wetangula have already reached out to new allies led by Shinyalu MP Fred Ikana, Malulu Injendi of Malava, Titus Khamala of Lurambi, Lugari MP Nabii Nabwera and Ambassador Yvonne Khamati as they seek to gain political muscle in Kakamega’s political supremacy battle.

Malala’s camp also comprises Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale, former Mumias MP Benjamin Washiali and former sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa.

Since the appointment of Malala as the Secretary General of the ruling UDA party, the former Kakamega Senator has heightened political activities in Western Kenya with an aim of controlling the region politically as Ruto seeks to wrestle out Raila Odinga’s party, ODM from the Western Kenya political dominance.

Meanwhile Kakamega Governor Fernandes Baraza of ODM is also facing a political battle with his County Women Representative Elsie Muhanda of ODM also. Muhanda has launched early strategies to uplift her dreams of succeeding Barasa in 2027.

Barasa and his deputy Ayub Savula, who are still silent political rivals, are staring at a stiff political competition in the 2027 elections with Malala eyeing the seat again in his second attempt to be Kakamega Governor.