Is former ODM Secretary-General and current Foreign Affairs CAS Ababu Namwamba headed to the senate in 2022? This is the question some Busia residents are asking, following revelations Senator Amos Wako will be retiring from elective politics next year and that Namwamba could be preparing to make a political come back after losing his seat in 2017.
Namwamba, who was a two-term legislator for Budalangi from 2007 to 2017 is said to be among a growing list of former leaders from Western and Nyanza regions plotting a comeback next year. With the retirement of Senator Wako and Governor Ojaamong, Busia has seen former leaders in the county position themselves for the positions.
Apart from Namwamba, Dr. Paul Otuoma, who also decamped from ODM in 2016 has announced he is back to the orange party and will be going for the Busia gubernatorial position.
Former Teso South MP Mary Emase, former assistant ministers Alfred Khangati, Bifwoli Wakoli, and former MP Manyala Keya have been busy reactivating their campaign networks in readiness for another political campaign in 2022, after years in the cold.
Others are former National Assembly Speaker and Emuhaya MP Kenneth Marende, former MPs John Serut (Mount Elgon), Lisamula Anami (Shinyalu), David Were (Matungu) who lost in Matungu’s April parliamentary by-election to Peter Nabulindo, Bonface Otsiula (Bumula), Andrew Toboso (Butere), Rapahel Otaalo (Lurambi) and Suleiman Murunga (Kimilili).