Unsuccessful in the Kibwezi parliamentary race where he lost to Prof. Philip Kaloki (ODM-K) in the just concluded general elections, former Assistant Minister for Tourism and Wildlife and the Chairman of the Independent Party (TIP TIP - Amani Kenya), Kalembe Ndile is reportedly eyeing the Emuhaya parliamentary seat following the election of the MP-elect Keneth Marende as Speaker of the National Assembly.
The outspoken former MP and a defender of the rights of squatters, Kalembe has mostly been based in Mombasa and Makindu, occasionally commenting on public interest matters. But now that he has trained his eyes on going back to the National Assembly through the Emuhaya parliamentary seat in Western province particularly with PNU's support, ODM will be casting a nervous eye to their Deputy Captain Musalia Mudavadi who is expected to lead the ODM onslaught when by-elections are called. Kalembe has been sending 'political feelers' through grassroot leaders in the constituency.
If indeed he runs for the seat and is re-elected, Kalembe will make history as the first non-indigenous Luhya to be elected to parliament from the area. The area is known to be fiercely pro-ODM and it is not known if Kalembe is planning to defect to ODM or run on his own TIP party.
There are currently six unrepresented constituencies in the country. They are; Embakasi, Kamkunji, Mandera, Kilgoris, Emuhaya and Ainamoi. Trusting that no other MP will kick the bucket soon, it means Kenya is headed for a 'mini general election' which going by early signs shows they will be fiercely contested owing to the slim majority the opposition enjoys in parliament. For instance, the speakers election alone, which took place before two of ODM's MPs were killed, showed just how close this majority is with the ODM fronted Marende winning by 105 votes against PNU's Ole Kaparo 101. ODM views its parliamentary majority as one of the key areas it can use to bring the Kibaki government to its knees through a well planned legislative agenda, perhaps even a vote of no confidence.
Meanwhile, this blogger has interviewed some aspirants for the Emuhaya parliamentary seat and will be publishing excerpts from the interview soon right here on Kumekucha.
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