Lusaka’s new speaker job to come in handy for Jubilee during campaigns
A huge battle is expected in Western and specifically Bungoma county as preparations for the repeat presidential election begin. Former Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka (pictured) clinching the Senate Speaker position is part of Jubilee’s plan to consolidate its support in the region, experts say. Lusaka was elected speaker on the eve of the Supreme Court ruling, nullifying President Uhuru Kenyatta’s reelection. “Though the decision to make Lusaka speaker is basically a 2022 strategy by Jubilee to make sure parts of Western hold together in its favour, Jubilee will use it to up its numbers in the repeat polls,” political analyst Martin Oloo said. He said Jubilee hopes to use Lusaka’s new job to insulate its support in Bungoma from NASA co-principal and Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula. Though four of the seven Bungoma MPs are in Jubilee, NASA has key positions. Through Ford Kenya, it has Wetang’ula as senator, Governor Wycliffe Wangamati and woman representative Catherine Wambilianga. During the August 8 polls, NASA’s Raila Odinga got 284, 786 votes against Uhuru’s 126, 475 in Bungoma county. The Supreme Court nullified Uhuru’s reelection on grounds it was not conducted in accordance with the Constitution and Elections Act. It ordered the IEBC to organise a fresh presidential election within 60 days. Both Jubilee and NASA have hit the campaign trail in readiness for the first repeat presidential race. Political commentator Isaac Wanjekeche said Jubilee will focus on Western.