Boni Khalwale

Popularly known as the bullfighter to represent his attachment to Western Kenya traditions, Boni Khalwale is the current Senator of Kakamega County.

He is a seasoned politician and has previously served as the MP for Ikolomani.

Khalwale however, is most popular for his role as the Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in the 9th and 10th Parliaments when he pushed for the resignation of former Finance Minister Amos Kimunya. 

His declaration ‘Kimunya Must Go’ counts as one of the most symbolic pronouncements in the history of Kenyan politics.

He has also been a member of various parliamentary committees such as the Departmental Committee on Health, Procedure and House Rules Committee, and the House Business Committee.

His entry into elective politics began in 2002 when he successfully contested for the Ikolomani District Parliamentary Seat.

Khalwale retained the seat in the following elections on a New Ford Kenya party ticket.

He was the first Kakamega Senator, having been elected in 2013 on an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) ticket. 

In 2017, he unsuccessfully vied against former Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya for the county gubernatorial seat but lost. 

Five years later, he recaptured his seat as Kakamega Senator. 

Aside from politics, Dr. Khalwale is a qualified doctor having enrolled in the University of Nairobi to study medicine.

He has also conducted various critical surgeries and standard procedures as a doctor outside his busy political career.

As a parliamentarian, he has sponsored various bills and motions in the Senate and National Assembly.