AFTER PARTING WAYS

I wish you well, Lusaka tells Chongowony

Chongowony was among seven people who wanted to be Lusaka’s running mate in the governor race.

In Summary

• Lusaka last Wednesday picked Jennifer Mbatiany as his running mate in his quest to recapture the Bungoma governor seat.

• He described Mbatiany as a hard-working woman who has been fighting for gender rights.

 

Former Bungoma Deputy Governor Hilary Chongowny and Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati in Kaptama.
Former Bungoma Deputy Governor Hilary Chongowny and Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati in Kaptama.
Image: JOHN NALIANYA

Bungoma governor aspirant Kenneth Lusaka has wished former Deputy Governor Hilary Chongowony well after the two parted ways.

Lusaka last Wednesday picked Jennifer Mbatiany as his running mate in his quest to recapture the Bungoma governor seat.

He described Mbatiany as a hard-working woman who has been fighting for gender rights.

Lusaka said she has also played a crucial role in fostering peace among warring communities in Mt Elgon.

Chongowony was among seven people who wanted to be Lusaka’s running mate  in the race.

Others included David Maling’a, David Kimukung, Nicholas Kiboi, John Shikuku, Mokin Arap Ptanguny and Boniventure Chengek. While others accepted Lusaka’s decision, Chongowony opted to switch camps and support Lusaka’s rival, Governor Wycliffe Wangamati.

Chongowony was Lusaka’s deputy between 2013 and 2017. His move received harsh criticism from Sabaot elders and close confidants.

“What is wrong with Lusaka picking another person?” Francis Chemwor, a Sabaot elder, posed.

But Lusaka wished Chongowony well, saying he appreciated the time they worked together.

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