Bonny Khalwale is a Kenyan politician, the current Senator for Kakamega County and a former medical doctor.

Bonny Khalwale
Member of the Kenyan Senate
Assumed office
9 August 2022
Preceded byCleophas Malala
ConstituencyKakamega County
Member of the Kenyan Senate
In office
28 March 2013 – Aug 2017
Member of the Kenyan Parliament
In office
Personal details
Born (1960-08-05) 5 August 1960 (age 63)
Kenya Colony
Political partyUDA
Alma materUniversity of Nairobi

Personal details edit

Khalwale, was chairman of the Parliamentary Accounts Committee in the 9th Kenyan Parliament, where he made a reputation for leading censure motions against high profile cabinet ministers. He was appointed on a similar role in the 10th Kenyan Parliament.

He was educated at Musingu High school before proceeding to Kakamega School for his A levels.[1] He graduated from The University of Nairobi with a degree in Medicine in 1987.

Politics edit

He first ventured into politics in 2002 by winning the Ikolomani Constituency Parliamentary Seat on a NARC party ticket. In 2007, he retained the same seat on a New Ford Kenya party ticket.

His election as an MP in the 2007 Kenyan parliamentary election was nullified in February 2011.[2] Dr Bonny Khalwale won back his Ikolomani seat on 23 May 2011, beating off a strong challenge from the Orange Democratic Movement, the dominant party in the region.

Voters in Ikolomani handed New Ford Kenya’s Dr Khalwale 13,208 votes, followed closely by Mr Bernard Shinali of ODM with 10,702. Ford People’s Collins Matemba came a distant third with 293 votes. A total of 24,592 voters out of the registered 35,833 voted in the 63 polling stations in a by-election were seen as a fight between ODM and New Ford-K.

The victory for the man, popularly referred to as the bullfighter, over Mr Shinali, whom he defeated with a slim margin of 200 votes in the 2007 elections, must came in the wake of high-profile campaigns mounted by the then ODM leadership led by Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi.

The defeat was seen as a blow not only to Mr Mudavadi but also ODM which was restamping its authority in the region where it has more MPs than any other, and as a boost to the presidential ambitions of Saboti MP Eugene Wamalwa who along with Housing minister Soita Shitanda for the New Ford-K candidate.[3] The by-election was unique in that it attracted leaders Cyrus Jirongo, Mukhisa Kituyi (from Western, Martha Karua and Peter Kenneth from Mount Kenya region to campaign for him.[4] The group were seen to have come together based on their political activism relationship.

In 2012, he comfortably contested and won the Kakamega Senatorial seat on a UDF Party ticket garnering 248,888 votes seeing off a lesser challenge from the wealthy and flamboyant Lugari politician Cyrus Jirongo who got 145,736 votes.[5]

References edit

  1. ^ "Old boys". Archived from the original on 9 October 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
  2. ^ Members of the 10th Parliament Archived 16 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Parliament of Kenya. Accessed 19 June 2008.
  3. ^ "Khalwale victory after tough fight". 3 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Re-elect Khalwale, Kenneth, Jirongo, Kituyi tell Ikolomani residents".
  5. ^ "LIVE UPDATES: Kenya's Presidential provisional results (MInute by minute update) - African Spotlight". Archived from the original on 1 May 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2016.

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