The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Sugarcane Not for Peasants, Makali Tells Bungoma

Bungoma senator candidate David Makali has asked voters to elect him in the forthcoming by-election to enable him come up with policies that will boost their livelihoods. Addressing the residents during a whirlwind tour of Bumula constituency yesterday, Makali, an independent candidate, blamed the high levels of poverty on dependence on sugar cane farming.

He urged members of the public, who had turned out at Kabula, Mateka, Nasianda and Myanga markets, to embrace horticulture as it will earn them more money and improve living standards.

"Sugar cane is suitable for large scale farming and not small peasants with less than four acres of land," he told residents at Kabula market.

He said the radical change requires courageous leaders, like him, who will tell the people the truth without fear. Makali said he will push for building of better roads in the county to enable farmers transport their produce to the markets.

He asked Netima residents to advise the former Bumula MP Wakoli Bifwoli, his rival in the seat, to back his bid because it would be "abominable to lose elections twice in one year".

Makali deplored the high level of bribery "which led to the by-election" and cautioned the voters against accepting it. "Teach them a lesson for the sake of democracy and change. Don't vote for someone because he has given you money or is in this or that coalition. Look at the individual," he told a crowd at Mianga market.

Makali said the county deserves a trustworthy, clean and untainted leader and offered to provide the new face of leadership to Bungoma county.

"The time is now and you can trust me. Don't be swayed with promises of the presidency," he said.

Campaigns for the December 19 by-election have intensified with four candidates criss-crossing the nine constituencies. Makali, is contesting against Cord's Moses Wetang'ula, Musikari Kombo of Amani coalition and Labour Party's Wakoli.

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