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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Lusaka concedes defeat, says he’s proud of how Jubilee fared

Outgoing Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka addresses the press at his Webuye home on Friday / JOHN NALIANYA
Outgoing Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka addresses the press at his Webuye home on Friday / JOHN NALIANYA

Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka on Friday conceded defeat to businessman Wycliffe Wangamati of .

Lusaka, who ran on the Jubilee ticket, said he is proud of the party's performance in the NASA stronghold.

As at 1.20pm on Friday Wangamati was in the lead with 197,651 votes on the IEBC portal with results from 1,158 out of 1,186 polling stations.

Lusaka was in second place with 176,034 votes.

"I thank the people of Bungoma for exercising their democratic right peacefully. I am thankful for the opportunity they gave me to serve as their first governor," he said.

Lusaka spoke at his Webuye home.

He said his quest to better the lives of the people of Bungoma will continue as he is "still in the government".

Lusaka said he was proud that President Uhuru Kenyatta had garnered almost 30 per cent of the votes in Bungoma.

“We toiled hard and ensured we have four MPs and a good number of MCAs despite the region strongly having initially supported NASA," he said.

Lusaka commissioned the Chwele-Lwakhakha, Musikoma-Buyofu and Brigadier-Misikhu roads, as well as other rural and urban infrastructural projects, despite resource constraints.

"We have conquered many challenges expected of a pioneer government, but others still remain outstanding in the long journey to realise the socioeconomic prosperity of our people," Lusaka said.

Lusaka congratulated Wangamati.

"I wish him success as he prepares to take over the mantle and steer our county as the second governor. I assure him of my support and guidance as he steers Bungoma to greater heights."

Political commentator Isaac Wanjekeche said Lusaka played a pivotal role in selling Jubilee in Western, a region considered an opposition bedrock.

He said Lusaka will likely be appointed to the national government.

“Lusaka’s lose could be attributed to his bravery to go against the grain in a bid to sell Jubilee in the region. It most likely that he might end up with another job,” Wanjekeche said.

He said widely considered a non-controversial politician, Lusaka has huge experience in provincial administration.

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