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ODM governor candidate pulls out of Bungoma governor race

Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY SIMBI KUSIMBI
BOWS OUT: Internal Security assistant minister Alfred Khang'ati. PHOTOS/JOHN NALIANYA
BOWS OUT: Internal Security assistant minister Alfred Khang'ati. PHOTOS/JOHN NALIANYA

Internal Security assistant minister Alfred Khang'ati has pulled out of the Bungoma county governor race. He was the ODM candidate. Khang'ati said lack of enough money to finance his campaign was the biggest contributing factor.

The immediate former Kanduyi MP said he had informed his party leader Prime Minister Raila Odinga of his "personal decision arrived at after a thorough soul searching" to abandon the campaign.

"I sent a text message to the Prime Minister informing him of my decision to quit the race which is irreversible now," said Khang'ati on the phone.

Khang'ati said the campaign for the Bungoma governor's seat which is made up of nine constituencies will be an expensive affair.

"One needs a budget of more than Sh30 million to campaign in Bungoma," said Khang'ati. I had hoped for some financial support from ODM but it was not forthcoming."

"I do not have the kind of resources to run such a campaign. The little money I have can only take care of my family. The party had promised to support me but with 26 days to the March 4 general election I have no option but quit the race," said the assistant minister. Others in the Bungoma gubernatorial race are Ken Lusaka, Jack Tumwa, Cosmas Barasa and Wabwoba Walinya.