BY GODFREY WAMALWA
Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati has hit campaign trail for NASA principal Raila Odinga and congratulated the Supreme court for the landmark ruling made yesterday that nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re election and ordered for a fresh Presidential poll within a period of 60 days.
The governor who was elected on a Ford Kenya ticket under the NASA coalition umbrella with guns blazing declared that he is strong to aggressively campaign and ensure that the NASA leader wins the Presidency.
“I am personally going to lead the Bungoma county campaign team for Raila and
right now am heading out for campaigns for him”.Wangamati said.
Addressing the press at the Ford Kenya secretariat in Kanduyi, Bungoma County, the governor called on the lower courts to borrow a leaf from the Supreme Court decision and deliver credible judgments on election dispute cases to give aggrieved parties a chance to go back to the ballot again.
“Following the ruling of the Supreme Court the County Executive with the entire County assembly will ensure that we rally voters for Raila Odinga’s victory in the forthcoming elections,” said Wangamati.
The Presidential petition was filed at the Supreme Court on August 18, 2017 by NASA Presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka.
The governor too congratulated his predecessor Hon Kenneth Lusaka for his election as speaker of the Senate and said that he was optimistic that he will ensure he steers the Senate so that Bungoma County benefits from devolution.
“Senate being a house that budgets for devolution funds we look forward to cooperate towards ensuring that Bungoma benefits from devolution,” he added.
Wangamati thanked elected MCAs who were sworn in today at the county assembly for electing the new speaker Emmanuel Situma Mukhebi an ally of the governor and NASA principal Moses Wetang’ula.
Situma garnered 47 votes against his closest Jubilee candidate Antonina Muyoka who got 13 votes. The election was presided over by John Mosongo the current clerk of Bungoma County assembly.
The elected speaker who is the second speaker after the promulgation of the new constitution called on the sworn in members of the County assembly to interrogate all matters of public interest and champion the interests of the public regardless of party affiliation.
“I will catch up the eye of every member and be fair to all as we deliver together with you,” said Speaker Emmanuel Situma.