GLOVES ARE OFF

No more soft tackles, Wangamati tells Lusaka

Bungoma governor says Senate Speaker is an opponent who can no longer be treated with kid gloves.

In Summary

• Lusaka was reacting to calls by Sirisia MP John Waluke to gun for a higher seat.

• Lusaka said while he has a dream of going for a higher position in the country, he will first offer himself as Bungoma governor as he plans his next move.

Cheptais MCA Jane Chebet and Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka
Cheptais MCA Jane Chebet and Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka
Image: JOHN NALIANYA

Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati has declared hard tackles against Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka to defend his seat next year.

Wangamati said Lusaka had declared his intention to unseat him in 2022 and thus it was gloves off.

Speaking in Ranje village, Kanduyi constituency, during the funeral of Florence Khasoa, Wangamati said he will take Lusaka head on as an opponent and will not follow protocols any more.

"From today, there is nothing like protocol. I will be speaking last after you because you have declared you will run against me," Wangamati said.

The governor said he respects the Senate as an institution but maintained that protocol will not be observed during Lusaka's tours in Bungoma.

"Now there will be nothing like the Senate," Wangamati said.

Speaking at a different funeral in Sirisia, Lusaka defended why he had opted to run for Bungoma governor, saying he was under lots of pressure from residents.

Lusaka was reacting to calls by Sirisia MP John Waluke to gun for a higher seat.

"I know the position I hold now is senior, but in politics you must be calculative and listen to the people," the Senate speaker said.

He said the superb work he did while serving as Bungoma governor is what has made residents want him to lead them.

Lusaka said while he has a dream of going for a higher position in the country, he will first offer himself as Bungoma governor as he plans his next move.

“Yes, we have great ambitions but for now, we have listened to the cries of our people and anything else can wait,” he said.

Edited by A.N