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Khalwale lauded for not petitioning Oparanya’s win

In what is clearly a surprise move, veteran politician Boni Khalwale has opted not to challenge Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya’s re-election in court.

Khalwale lost to Oparanya by about 255,000 votes in the County’s gubernatorial race according to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s (IEBC) tally.

The former Kakamega Senator bitterly protested these results claiming he had been rigged out, and it was on this basis that he was expected to atleast argue his case in court.

But the fiery politician has opted not to go that court route after “listening to his inner voice”, he confirmed on Wednesday.

This announcement has earned the former Ikolomani lawmaker plaudits, with some terming it as significant for the unity of the Luhya community.

On a wider scope, Dr Khalwale’s decision seems one of a few after the judiciary confirmed that about 110 election petitions, including 14 involving Governors, have been filed by Wednesday.