- Residents praise Waswa for holding a one-week football tournament in the constituency.
- Winners of the tournaments will be awarded Sh30,000 while the last team will get Sh10,000. The teams will also receive trophies.
Residents of Sirisia constituency have endorsed youthful and vibrant businessman Joseph Lendrix Waswa to run for Bungoma senator.
A by-election will be held in the county following the election of former Senator Moses Wetang'ula as National Assembly Speaker
The seat is yet to be declared vacant and the date set.
Led by Patrick Wanyonyi and Mary Nabiswa, the residents praised Waswa for holding a one-week football tournament in the constituency.
Wanyonyi said the tournament will help identify talented youths who will be picked to join big football clubs.
"The tournament has come at the right time when our children are at home from school for a 10-day holiday. The games will keep them busy," Waswa said.
The tournament's organising secretary Job Lusabe, who represented Waswa during the event, urged residents to turn up in large numbers and vote for him.
"Waswa has said he will be vying for the seat so that he can empower residents economically. He is quite concerned with the plight of many people who are still poor and yet they need empowerment programmes from elected leaders to change their fortunes," Lusabe said.
He said Waswa, if elected, will work closely with the governor and MCAs in identifying projects that need to be implemented.
"He will also push for the setting aside of enough cash to be sent to counties so that the governor can implement the projects which have been identified by the residents," he said.
"This is just the start, my plan is to ensure that we get two teams who will then represent the county in the country. This is the best way to help our youths get a chance to display their talents."
Winners will be awarded Sh30,000 while the last team will get Sh10,000. The teams will also receive trophies.
Other politicians who have announced their bids include lawyer Erick Nakhurenya, Wetang'ula's longtime aide Wafula Wakoli, former Bumula legislator Mwambu Mabongah, businessman Jacob Machacha and Rev Herman Kasili.
(edited by Amol Awuor)