Former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale has dropped out of the Kakamega gubernatorial race in favour of Cleophas Malala.
Speaking at DP Ruto’s Karen home in Nairobi after negotiations with the Kenya Kwanza principals,Khalwale said that he will now be seeking the county’s senate seat.
“I have not stepped down but rather up, so that I can focus more on the common agenda that covers our people and the rest of Kenyans,” said Khalwale.
Khalwale, will be vying on a UDA ticket said he made the decision in order to champion the welfare of the people instead of political battles with Malala.
DP Ruto expressed his confidence of Kenya Kwanza’s influence in Kakamega, noting that his alliance was sure of a win in the county’s votes in the polls.
“We are very clear in our minds that Kakamega is going to be a Kenya Kwanza County,” he said.
“I want to thank these two leaders, especially the honorable Boni Khalwale, and we have agreed that his sacrifice will not go unrewarded, ” furthered Ruto.
Malala will now face Deputy Governor Philip Kutima and former Ketraco CEO Fernandes Barasa on the journey to succeed Governor Oparanya.