Webuye West MP Hon. Dan Sitati Wanyama has praised IEBC for good preparation during clearance of candidates and asked it to do the same during General Elections and conduct themselves accordance with the rule of law.
Addressing the press after being cleared by IEBC to defend his seat on a UDA ticket at Matisi market in Bokoli ward in Webuye West constituency, Wanyama said the plans were well and candidates took little time to be cleared as opposed to other years when it would take longer time due to failure of machines or network.
“Have taken very little time to be cleared and I hope the same will happen in August general polls because we really don’t want to hear of failure of the electronic gadgets that may mess up elections,” said Wanyama.
He however, said he is ready to face his opponents and he says he is sure that he will defend them since according to him he has done a lot in terms of face-lifting the infrastructure of different schools in the four wards that make Webuye West Constituency.
“I have done a lot in terms of infrastructure in schools, if you walk around you will realize that some schools have storey buildings that has really helped in reducing overcrowding in schools and hence provide good environment for learners and teachers and am sure my people still have faith in me and will give me another term to stir development, ” said Wanyama.
He has appealed to all politicians to carry out peaceful campaigns and make it issue based politics than going personal adding that Kenya will still remain and friends will still be there even after the August polls.
Wanyama expressed confidence that he will be given another term and asked voters from Webuye West constituency and the country at large to vote wisely and implored them to vote in Kenya Kwanza coalition government which has common mwananchi‘s agenda at heart.
Peter Munyasi Makali a DAP-K candidate who comes from Sitikho ward was also cleared to vie and promised to change the economy of Webuye West constituency accusing the current Member of Parliament for not doing much in terms of development.
Makali said the MP has never talked in Parliament since he was elected by the people of Webuye West and that could be the reason for lack of meaningful development in the Constituency and asked the residents to elect him so that he can do representation well.
“We have lagged behind in terms of development because of bad leadership and therefore I request you the great people of Webuye West to give me an opportunity to make you great, we have little to show for the last ten years that we have been in existence after being curved from the larger Webuye Constituency and time for change is here with us and we must do it by electing good leaders who propel development,” said Makali.
He however, echoed the sentiments of Wanyama of conducting peaceful campaigns adding that politics of this year should be issue centered, selling of ideas and not using youths wrongfully to gain political mileage or causing chaos in other leaders meetings.
National DAP-K chairman David Muchele who accompanied Makali asked Kenyans across the country especially in Western region to come out in large numbers in August polls to vote for their preferred candidates but said voting in his party’s candidates will be the best option that will initiate meaningful development.
“We have had a tendency in Kenya and in Western region in particular where people register as voters and at the end they don’t go to vote and this has contributed a lot in getting wrong leadership but this time round please wake up early and go vote and encourage your neighbors too because we have to exercise our democratic right,” said Muchele.
However, a youthful candidate Stephen Wanyama was not cleared by IEBC because of technicality about his party certificate, he had joined National Agenda Party on 29th May 2022, three month way back the deadline and therefore not legible.
Wanyama surprised many when he arrived on foot accompanied by other two people, his proposer and seconder yet others arrived in fleet of high ended vehicles with many supporters.
“All these vehicles and supporters you see are hired money, if I am cleared I will go to the people of Webuye West Constituency to ask them to work with me, some politicians are using looted money, some have left big jobs with a lot of income I have none and when they will be elected they will want to pay back what they have used in campaign but for me, my plan is development, we have a lot to work but at the end of the day the electorates will make a wise decision and that decision could be me regardless of my age,” said a 28 year old Stephen Wanyama.