Dr. Bonny Khalwale Biography
Bonny Khalwale was born on 5th August 1960. He is the senator for Kakamega county. He is Kenyan politician and a former Medical Officer. Bonny Khalwale 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. He was educated at Kakamega School.
1981 → 1987 : Undergraduate Student of University of Nairobi (Doctor of Medicine)
1979 → 1980 : Secondary School Student of Kakamega High School (KACE)
1975 → 1978 : Primary School Student of Musingu High School (EACE)
1967 → 1974 : Primary School Student of Malinya Primary School (CPE)
Bonny Khalwale Political Career
Current Political Position
11th March 2013 – Up to date : Senator for Kakamega
13th February 2013 – Up to date : Coalition Member of Amani (Peace) Coalition
15th January 2013 – Up to date : Member of United Democratic Forum Party (UDF)
Previous Political Positions
2008 → 4th March 2013 : Member of Parliament for Ikolomani
2007 → 14th January 2013 : Member of New Ford Kenya
2006 → 2007 : Assistant Minister of East African Community
2003 → 2007 : Member of Parliament for Ikolomani
2008 → 2012 : Chair of Public Accounts Committee
2008 → 2012 : Member of Departmental Committee on Health
2008 → 2012 : Member of Procedure and House Rules Committee – S.O. 191
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2008 → 2012 : Member of House Business Committee
1991 → 2002 : Doctor of Private Medical Practice in Kakamega
1990 → 1995 : Doctor of Private Medical Practice in Mombasa
1988 → 1990 : Medical Officer
Bonny Khalwale Election Victory
Dr Bonny Khalwale’s victory may be interpreted as a boost to the presidential ambitions of Saboti MP Eugene Wamalwa who camped in the constituency to campaign alongside Housing minister Soita Shitanda for the New Ford-K candidate.
Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) chairman Isaack Ahmed Hassan said the results released were provisional as the person mandated to give the final results was the returning officer in Ikolomani. Mr Hassan commended the officials in Ikolomani for the speedy transmission. He said the results for the final polling centre was transmitted to the IIEC electronic tallying centre at Laico Regency hotel in Nairobi at exactly 7.57pm.
“This was the fastest time recorded by IIEC since the introduction of the electronic transmission of election results,” he said. Allegations of bribery and intimidation marked the by-election as voters sought to right the wrongs that led to the nullification of Dr Khalwale’s victory in February.
Dr Bonny Khalwale Profile: Is he a political gun for hire or reformist?
The most daring thing he has ever done, says Dr Bonny Khalwale, the Ikolomani MP, was joining the 1982 abortive coup against the government of former President Daniel arap Moi. At the time, Dr Khalwale was a first year student at the University of Nairobi.
With five colleagues, among them Dr Shem Ochuodho, Mr David Murathe and student leader Titus Adungosi, now deceased, the MP stormed the Voice of Kenya station (now Kenya Broadcasting Corporation) and announced that university students were in full support of the coup.
Dr Ochuodho and Mr Murathe became MPs after the start of pluralistic politics.
On August 1, 1982, the coup plotters, among them their leader Hezekiah Ochuka, an Air Force captain, were taken aback at the blind courage of the young men.
Nonetheless, they allowed the students to make their statement to show that their cause had wide support.
“I can’t help but laugh when I think about it today,” says Dr Khalwale. “I never even thought about the danger I was exposing myself to.”
But he quickly adds that he would willingly put his life on the line again if he believed that it was in the best interest of the nation. “I always act on my convictions.
“I believed what I was doing was the right thing then. And if called upon to rise once again, I shall not fail,” says the 49-year-old father of seven.
That dare-devil act, at the age of 22, earned him a one and half year suspension from university. But he has no regrets — that bravery launched his political career.
“People at home realised that I had leadership qualities. Perhaps they thought I was a little bit weird, but they gave me a hearing nonetheless,” says the fourth born in a family of 10.
Bonny Khalwale Narc wave
But it was not until 20 years later that he made it to Parliament. He first clinched the Ikolomani seat in 2002 on a Ford Kenya ticket, riding on the Narc wave that swept independence party Kanu from power.
“That victory was the culmination of many years of struggle and hard work. It was indeed sweet victory for Kenyans who were yearning for radical reforms,” he says.
Prior to winning the seat, he had cut his political teeth as the Western Province coordinator of the National Convention Executive Council, the opposition outfit that pushed for reforms during the Moi era. Being an official of NCEC provided him with an ideal forum to interact and sell his agenda to the people.
Other members of the NCEC at the time included Mr Mwai Kibaki, Mr James Orengo and Prof Kivutha Kibwana.
“Some of these people seemed genuinely concerned to be reforming this country. I cannot say the same of most of them who are in government today,” says Dr Khalwale.
His most memorable moment as a member of the NCEC occurred in 2000 in Busia Town. Police abruptly disrupted a meeting attended by Mr Orengo and Mr Murathe among other vocal critics of the Moi government.
This intrusion forced them to flee for their lives, abandoning their vehicles as they made for the bushes.
“We walked 20 kilometres through the bush, dodging the police. We were certainly getting lost when a Good Samaritan eventually gave us a lift to safety in Kisumu,” he remembers with a chuckle.
Sadly, their struggles and sacrifices seem to be coming to naught. He noted the continuing grand corruption in the Kibaki era as proof that the ideals they struggled for had not been achieved.
“Our people are disillusioned. If anything has changed, then it can only be for the worse. For those of us who are dedicated to reforming this nation, we realise that the struggle is far from being won.”
It is this realisation, he says, that is currently guiding him in Parliament. Perhaps more than any other politician in the Tenth Parliament, Dr Khalwale has captured the psyche of the nation the most.
His fight against graft in the House has rendered him a political enigma, a political puzzle to crack.
Some people think that this fight is garlanded with deep-seated personal ambitions.
Others wonder whether he is really the reformist he has packaged himself to be, a political mercenary as claimed by some, a champion of the people, or just a rebel without a cause.
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“I was born into a peasant family. It naturally follows that my allegiance and cause will always be with the common man,” says Dr Khalwale who mentions former Vice-President Kijana Wamalwa, now deceased, as his political mentor.
He is the chairman of the powerful Public Accounts Committee. The committee has acted as the official opposition in the absence of a real one following the formation of the coalition Government.
He names some of his best friends in Parliament as Gitobu Imanyara, Mithika Linturi, Ekwe Ethuro, Charles Kilonzo and Kiema Kilonzo.
In this group, he has become outspoken against corruption, stepping on the toes of some of the most powerful leaders in the country in the process.
He has put Agriculture minister William Ruto on the spot over the maize scandal. The country is said to have lost more than Sh800 million to briefcase millers and unscrupulous businessmen.
But the most enduring image Kenyans have of the Ikolomani MP as far as fighting corruption is concerned comes from last August when he moved a motion to censure former Finance minister Amos Kimunya over the controversial sale of the Grand Regency hotel, renamed Laico Regency.
The speech, with its refrain “Kimunya must go”, stands out for its passionate nature.
“I do everything I do with a passion. It is therefore very easy for people to misconstrue me as having a personal agenda,” he says.
Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba, a friend turned harshest critic, says Dr Khalwale is a “political gun for hire.
He is not affiliated to any group, which ideally makes him a gun for hire. He cares less about common man, he is only interested in furthering his own personal ambitions,” says Mr Namwamba.
But his friend Linturi, the Igembe South MP, judges him from a different angle. He reckons that Dr Khalwale is and independent-minded person.
“It is therefore easy for people to misconstrue him as having hidden agenda. But having worked with him for a year now, I believe that he is genuine in what he does,” says Mr Linturi.
He has been mentioned among those eyeing the post of leader of official opposition when it is finally entrenched in the Constitution.
“I will lobby for that position when the time comes. For now, I will do the best I can at PAC and if my colleagues see it fit to elect me to the seat on account of my work, I will be grateful.”
Although he states that he has the interest of the common man at heart, this position seems to be contradicted by the fact that Dr Khalwale is a staunch opponent of taxation of MPs’ perks.
He has been quoted saying that such a move would render legislators “as poor as their constituents.”
“That recommendation was meant to hoodwink the public. I am not against taxing our salaries. I only called for a constitutional amendment that would obligate all MPs to pay taxes without appealing to their philanthropic nature,” he explains.
The son of an industrialist, as he refers to his mother who used to make and sell chang’aa (alocoholic brew) to make ends meets, attended Malinya Primary School in 1967.
Dr Khalwale has several wives although he declines to say how many. Three of his children have completed university while the fourth is at university. Two are in primary school.
He loves bullfighting and watching soccer and boxing. His favourite tipple is Tusker, taken strictly on weekends. His favourite food is ugali (maize meal), beef and the traditional vegetable mrenda.
Bonny Khalwale – News Updates
Bonny Khalwale quits UDF, declares interest in Kakamega governorship seat
Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale has decamped from the United Democratic Forum (UDF) and joined Ford Kenya in preparation for the 2017 elections.
Khalwale won the senate seat on a UDF party ticket in 2013, which was then under the leadership of presidential candidate Musalia Mudavadi who has since moved to Amani National Congress (ANC).
The outspoken senator has also announced that he will be running for Kakamega governorship seat under Ford Kenya ticket.
The current development sets up a grueling battle between Khalwale and the current Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya who is a member of ODM.
Notably, the entry of Khalwale into Ford Kenya makes him a bona fide member of Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD), a coalition he has been affiliated with for over two years now.
“Governor Oparanya is in ODM and he should therefore rest easy because I will not compete with him in ODM. Instead, he will run for governorship on an ODM ticket while I run for the seat on a Ford Kenya ticket.”
Khalwale further stated: “Since we are both members of CORD, it will be upon the voters to decide who their next governor will be.”
However, if CORD chooses to field a single candidate in the race, the coalition will need to hold extensive consultations to reach a concession between the two candidates to avoid any possibilities of a last year shift in party allegiance.
Addresss : P.O. Box 2877, Kakamega, Kenya
P.O Box 41842 – 00100
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Tel : 0721 318722
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