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Sunday, 8 March 2015

Bitter rivalry between Khalwale, MP re-emerges

The political rivalry between Kakamega senator Bonnie Khalwale and Ikolomani sitting MP Bernard Shinali shot to the roof  with the latter challenging the former to dare sponsor a candidate against him in the next forthcoming general elections.
Shinali told Khalwale to sponsor any candidate to challenge him as he seeks re-election “and he will know what I am made of”.
“I am told the senator is grooming some people including his personal assistant Polycarp Muchome to challenge me in 2017. He has even been sending them to funerals to undermine and insult me. I dare him to that contest,” he said.
The MP said Ikolomani people would no longer vote on clan lines but based on one’s development track record.
He said is it was “laughable” that the senator was propping up the same people who had mistreated Bidakho during his 10-year-reign as area MP.
Speaking at Malinya market during an inspection tour of the construction work on Sigalagala-Bukura-Butere road, Shinali however said he would back Khalwale for a second term as senator.
“While he is busy plotting against me, I support and will continue to support him in his political endeavours because I believe it is a great honour to have a senator from our constituency,” he added.
He said his problems with Khalwale stem from the fact that he has decided to work with the Jubilee administration instead of Cord. But he said it was Khalwale who convinced him to quit ODM and join UDF prior to the last elections.
Khalwale has warned that he would campaign against Shinali and other MPs from Kakamega county who are cooperating with Jubilee. Apart from Muchome who is to contest for either the parliamentary or Idakho North civic seat, Khalwale is also said to have eyes on his former long-serving CDF Treasurer Matthews Isese and area ODM chairman Vincent Mukhono.