|Member of the Kenyan Senate|
28 March 2013
|Member of the Kenyan Parliament|
5 August 1960 |
|Alma mater||University of Nairobi|
Boni Khalwale is a Kenyan politician, the Senator for Kakamega County and a former Medical Officer. He was chair of the Parliamentary Accounts Committee in the 10th Kenyan Parliament, where he made a reputation for leading censure motions against high profile cabinet ministers.
His election as an MP in the Kenyan parliamentary election, 2007 was nullified in February 2011. Dr Boni 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 bull-fighter, 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.
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