Former Prime Minister and National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula ( Photo Courtesy)
As of 2022, Wafula Wamunyinyi was one of the longest serving MPs in the country. In Parliament since 1997, the former Kanduyi MP was bidding for a fifth term in the National Assembly. But his quest backfired.
In a country where defying regional political kingpins is politically suicidal, Wamunyinyi fell into this trap when he bitterly fell out with Ford Kenya party leader and the current National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula.
Wumunyinyi led the Ford Kenya splinter group to form the Democratic Action Party, which he serves as the national chairman. But his quest for a fifth term in office suffered a big blow after his miscalculated move to ditch Wetangula for the Azimio la Umoja coalition leader Raila Odinga in the run up to the 2022 general election.
While vying on a DAP-K ticket, Wamunyinyi lost to a Ford Kenya party candidate in the race for the Kanduyi MP seat. Once again, Wetangula stamped his authority in Bungoma county politics with all the rebels facing it rough.
Former Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi ( Photo Courtesy)
Wamunyinyi got a second chance to redeem himself when he joined race for Bungoma Senator position following the election of Wetangula as the National Assembly Speaker. But once again, he performed dismally as he lost to a Ford Kenya candidate.
In a county where Wetangula is the undisputed Kingpin, is this the end of the road for Wamunyinyi, a one-time police officer, before joining the murky world of politics? Will he bounce back?
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