Elders drawn from all the tribes in Sirisia Constituency have asked their area Mp John Waluke to drop his 2022 Bungoma gubernatorial bid.
The elders drawn from all the three wards in the constituency said that as elders they still want Waluke to continue serving Sirisia electorates as an MP.
Addressing a press conference at Mayanja area on Wednesday the elders said that they are yet to endorse Waluke for the County top seat.
Patrick Kiptai, chairman of Bakoi clan from Lwandanyi ward said that Sirisia residents are happy with development projects that Waluke through his cordial relationship with Jubilee government has initiated across the constituency.
‘We as Sirisia elders gave Waluke the mandate to lead as an MP and we are humbly asking him to drop his gubernatorial bid since he has not approached as elders to inquire over the gubernatorial ambition he has,’ he said.
Waluke, who is the Bungoma Jubilee party chairman, has declared to vie for the County’s top seat in 2022.
The vocal MP who is serving his second term has often accused current governor Wycliffe Wangamati of not living up to the electorates development expectations.
He said he wanted to be a governor and accomplish development projects that had been initiated by former governor the now Senate speaker Ken Lusaka across the county’s nine constituencies.
The elders also asked Bungoma politician Moses Nandalwe aka Mr money bags to give Waluke a humble time to serve residents as their MP.
Wilson Wasike, from Malakisi who is the elders organizing secretary asked Nandalwe to stop using his Nandalwe Foundation to fight Waluke politically.
He asked Nandalwe to stop bringing tension in the constituency by walking with roudy bodaboda youths and causing commotions in funerals, schools, churches and other functions whenever he meets with Waluke.
He said that supporters of Waluke and Nandalwe have often clashed in public functions hence ridiculing the Sirisia electorates.
Joseph Barasa said that Nandalwe should respect Waluke who was duly elected by residents and wait till 2022 to begin politicking.
‘We respect what his foundation is doing in bid to uplift residents lives but let it not have an ill motive against the current leadership,’he said.
Nandalwe who vied for Sirisia MP seat on an ODM ticket in 2017 polls but was defeated by Waluke has vowed to donate Sh5 million to fund Waluke’s 2022 gubernatorial campaigns.
Word has been going round Bungoma that Nandalwe Foundation has been giving Waluke sleepless nights over the projects i’ts doing for residents.