Bumula Member of Parliament (MP) Boniface Otsiula has revealed that his mother, Rosemary Nasike, succumbed to a stroke on Monday, April 10.
MP Otsiula’s brother, Wilberforce Wafula Otsiula, had on Monday stated that Ms Nasike, 95, died after developing cerebral malaria.
Speaking at his home in Mungore Village, Bungoma County on Tuesday, April 11, MP Otsiula said he will not get involved in campaigns to clinch a nomination ticket on Jubilee Party in the race for Bumula MP on August 8, saying he has to bury his mum first.
The Jubilee Party nomination exercise in the region is slated for April 21.
“Mum suffered a stroke on Monday, April 10. Her death came after we tried nearly all hospitals that we could to save her life. Her burial will take place on Monday, April 17. My Party’s nomination exercise will take place on April 21. I cannot postpone my mother’s burial because of a party nomination exercise. If I do that, I will come across as a mad man. My mum comes first to me. All other things follow thereafter,” he said.
The body of MP Otsiula’s mum was taken to Tanaka Nursing Home in Busia Township.
“Politics is not a matter of life and death. Even my constituents in Bumula know that I am bereaved. Even if they won’t see me campaigning, they know that my mum passed on. I am certain my people will vote for me in the primaries. I will surely win the Jubilee ticket,” said MP Otsiula.
The incumbent is expected to battle it out with Cornelius Wamalwa for the Jubilee Party ticket.