Former Defence Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa has announced his plans to unseat President William Ruto in the 2027 Kenya Elections. Wamalwa made the announcement during an interview with a local news outlet, saying that he believes he has the experience and qualifications needed to lead Kenya.
Mr. Wamalwa has claimed that President William Ruto is already on the path of failure. He cites the muzzling of key constitutional bodies and the criminal justice system as signs of bad things to come. Mr. Wamalwa believes that the President is heading down a dangerous path that will ultimately lead to failure.
Mr. Wamalwa has worked for close to 10 years as Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary. He has managed the country’s finances and resources during this time, and believes that he has the experience necessary to be at the helm of the country. He has said that he would like to see Kenya become a prosperous and stable nation, and that he would work hard to make this a reality.
“I am truly honoured that my colleagues have requested me to become the presidential candidate for DAP_K, and I am fully prepared to begin our journey in January. I have worked as a cabinet secretary for different sectors over the past ten years, and I am confident that I have the experience and knowledge to lead our party to success. I believe that we have had a very good chat with our leadership, and I am confident that we can achieve great things together”.
“We believe that we are the party of the future for the western region,” Wamalwa went on to say. “The ANC and Ford Kenya are now captured in Kenya kwanza, and there is a vacuum growing. We want to grow into it. They are not going to fill presidential candidates; both of them said they will back the president. We are not part of 2047, but rather we are going for this in 2027.”
At the party’s first anniversary celebration in Nairobi, Mr Wamalwa spoke out against the president on the creation of offices, including the proposed office of Official Leader of Opposition. He criticised the president for wasting resources and creating unnecessary positions, instead of focusing on more important issues.
Mr Wamalwa’s statements come as a response to the recent push by some independent bodies to create new offices, such as the Office of the First Lady and the Office of the Opposition. Simiyu agreed with Wamalwa, saying that now is not the time to be creating new offices when Kenyans are struggling to make ends meet. He called on the independent bodies to remember their key mandates, which are to serve the people of Kenya.
The move by the Executive to have the Judiciary, Director of Public Prosecutions and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) dance to its tune was a worrying development, he said. This would have a negative impact on the rule of law and the independence of critical institutions in the country.
“It is no longer in doubt and this has led to dropping cases against a chosen few with both economic crimes and criminal charge’s being dropped almost on a daily basis while the IEBC has been routed of any fair/neutral arbiters and is now left to act at the behest of the executive. A dangerous situation,” said Mr Simiyu.
The party further accused the Kenya kwanza administration of encouraging its members in Parliament to introduce dangerous constitutional changes to create counties demarcated on ethnic basis.
“Kenya kwanza administration has now decided to prioritise constitutional changes over economic recovery and are now attempting to re-introduce the same BBI they opposed through the backdoor after failing in attempts to improve the economy,” said Mr Simiyu.
The DAP-K party has demanded a full inquiry into the goings on at IEBC in relation to the August General Election. This inquiry, they said, “must be comprehensive but must include, Voter registration hence valid voter register, Procurement of election related material.
The party believes that a full and comprehensive inquiry is necessary in order to ensure that the election was conducted fairly and transparently. They have called for an investigation into all aspects of the election process, including voter registration, procurement of election-related materials, and the counting and tallying of votes.