SULEIMAN SUMBA: POLITICS NOT HIS FIRST CHOICE
SULEIMAN SUMBA, KAKAMEGA GOVERNOR ASPIRANT / Before his retirement, Sumba’s 24-year career in the military saw him serve in in four different countries including: Sierra Leone, DRC Congo, Southern Sudan and parts of Sudan, particularly in Darfur.
Suleiman Sumba is still convinced that the military offers by far the most attractive profession.
And even though he retired in 2012 to join politics, Sumba remains nostalgic about his time in the armed forces and he would readily return to duty if asked.
“The military is the best career there is. I am ready to go back if asked. There is nothing as good as protecting your country from external enemies,” he says.
Sumba who has declared his interest in the Kakamega governorship, says officers trust each other in the military.
“Here on the putside, trust is hard to come by,” he explains, noting that he is restricted from talking about what happens inside the military camp.
Before his retirement, Sumba’s 24-year career in the military saw him serve in in four different countries including: Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo, Southern Sudan and parts of Sudan particularly in Darfur.
“The mission in Darfur was hectic because of the harsh climate but we successfully accomplished the mission.”
Sumba is a household name in Mumias sub-county especially in Mumias Town.
His presence is always acknowledged every time he wanders around the area.
He is proud whenever he is recognised in public
He resigned from the military with the intention to contesting for the governorship in the 2013 general election.
But he decided to support Wycliffe Oparanya who went on to win the seat.
Oparanya rewarded him with an appointment in the county cabinet, serving as the executive in the Lands and finally Sports and Culture dockets.
But as it often happens in politics, the two fell out. The details of their disagreement remain scanty. People close to Oparanya claim he was sacked for corruption related reasons.
But Sumba argues that he left the cabinet on his own volition because of incessant frustrations and intimidation from the governor.
Either way, Sumba has vowed that he will never again make the mistake of supporting a politician in an election.
“Over my dead body,” he quips angrily. “Once beaten twice shy.”
He has been meeting his supporters to strategise on how he can prevail in the next general election.
Nelson Mandela Former South African President I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
“THE MILITARY IS THE BEST CAREER THERE IS. I AM READY TO GO BACK IF ASKED.”