Lusaka Makes First Move Hours After Winning Bungoma Governor Seat

  • Bugoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka speaking during the 6th Senate Leadership Retreat on March 13, 2020.
    Bugoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka speaking during the 6th Senate Leadership Retreat on March 13, 2020.
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  • Bungoma governor-elect, Ken Lusaka, has issued a list of demands to his predecessor hours after recapturing the seat he lost in 2017.

    Addressing the press after receiving his election certificate from the County Returning Officer, Lusaka thanked his supporters, and bid his predecessor, Wycliffe Wangamati, a goodbye.

    "I pay tribute to my predecessor and a good friend Wangamati for holding brief for me for five years," Lusaka stated amidst cheers from his supporters.

    Bungoma County Governor-elect Ken Lusaka during a presser in the County on August 9, 2022
    Bungoma County Governor-elect Ken Lusaka during a presser in the County on August 9, 2022
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    In his speech, Lusaka demanded that Wangamati avails to him a list of county assets for an audit.

    The outgoing Senate Speaker asked Wangamati to avail to him information on the county's source of funding, an asset register of all liabilities, a complete list of all bank accounts and reconciled balances, and a report of staff establishment per department.

    Others are a comprehensive report on county entities or corporations and agencies, a report of all ongoing projects including donor-funded ones, an updated report of all pending legal cases, and an updated assets register.

    Lusaka also ordered an immediate stoppage of all ongoing county projects including executing any contractual obligations on behalf of the county government until his administration is in place.

    His speech staged a ceremonious come-back after being away for five years in which he served as the second Senate Speaker under the Jubilee administration.

    Lusaka, who successfully contested the seat on a Ford Kenya party ticket, trounce his opponent Wangamati of DAP-K in a race that attracted 379,073 voters.

    The soft spoken politician garnered 241,695 against Wangamati's 137,378 votes.

    Wangamati, in a message posted on his social media accounts on Thursday, August 11, congratulated his competitor for reportedly winning the seat hours before the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) made the official announcement.

    "The people of Bungoma have spoken and we respect that decision. This is, therefore, to congratulate Hon Kenneth Lusaka on his election as the Governor of Bungoma. 

    "Secondly, I want to thank every citizen of Bungoma who thought and believed in my vision for Bungoma, and all those who supported my campaigns for re-election and voted for me," read Wangamati's statement in part.

    Lusaka is remembered for procuring the infamous non-carcinogenic wheelbarrows at a cost of Ksh109,000 each.

    File image of Governor Wycliffe Wangamati during a past function
    File image of Governor Wycliffe Wangamati during a past function