Only Raila can save Kenya - Wangamati

Gov­er­nor says NASA chief can redeem the peo­ple from ‘Ju­bilee’s yoke which has made life un­bear­able’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties | Western - BRIAN OJAMAA @ojamab

Bun­goma Gov­er­nor Wycliffe Wangamati has hit the cam­paign trail for NASA prin­ci­pal and pres­i­den­tial flag­bearer Raila Odinga across the county’s nine con­stituen­cies.

Wangamati praised the Supreme Court for the land­mark rul­ing made on Fri­day that nul­li­fied Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta’s re­elec­tion and or­dered a fresh Pres­i­den­tial poll within 60 days.

Wangamati, who was elected on the Ford Kenya ticket un­der the NASA um­brella, on Satur­day said he is ready to en­sure Raila wins.

“I am per­son­ally go­ing to lead the Bun­goma county cam­paign teams for Raila and, right now, I’m al­ready head­ing out to cam­paign,” he said in Kan­duyi.

Wangamati said the lower courts could bor­row a leaf from the Supreme Court and de­liver cred­i­ble judg­ments on elec­tion dis­pute cases to give ag­grieved par­ties a chance to go back to the bal­lot.

He hailed the Supreme Court de­ci­sion as a land­mark rul­ing in the con­ti­nent.

Wangamati called on all elected lead­ers, in­clud­ing MCAs and the Bun­goma ex­ec­u­tive, to rally vot­ers be­hind Raila to en­sure he gets a land­slide vic­tory.

Raila Odinga and his run­ning mate Kalonzo Musyoka filed the pres­i­den­tial pe­ti­tion at the Supreme Court on Au­gust 18. Wangamati said Raila is the only leader who can “redeem Kenya from Ju­bilee’s yoke which has made life un­bear­able for Wan­jiku”.

He said Raila will stream­line this coun­try and “wipe away the wan­ton graft that has de­nied wananchi mean­ing­ful devel­op­ment”.

Wangamati con­grat­u­lated his pre­de­ces­sor Ken­neth Lusaka for his elec­tion as the speaker of the Se­nate and said he is op­ti­mistic he will fight for Bun­goma to ben­e­fit.

“The Se­nate be­ing a house that bud­gets for de­vo­lu­tion funds, we look for­ward to co­op­er­at­ing to en­sure Bun­goma ben­e­fits from de­vo­lu­tion,” he said.

Wangamati thanked elected MCAs, who were sworn in on Fri­day, for elect­ing Em­manuel Si­tuma as the speaker. Si­tuma is Wangamati’s ally and is close to NASA co-prin­ci­pal Moses We­tang’ula.

Si­tuma gar­nered 47 votes against his clos­est can­di­date An­ton­ina Muyoka of Ju­bilee, who got 13.

The elec­tion was presided over by clerk John Mosongo.

Si­tuma urged MCAs to in­ter­ro­gate all mat­ters of pub­lic in­ter­est and cham­pion the in­ter­ests of the pub­lic, re­gard­less of their party af­fil­i­a­tion.

“I will be fair to all as we de­liver to­gether,” he said.

On Satur­day, Uhuru told the elec­toral agency to an­nounce the dates for the re­peat pres­i­den­tial elec­tion as soon as pos­si­ble.

“As Ju­bilee, we are ready and we shall show in 60 days that the will of the peo­ple can­not be over­turned by one or two judges,” Uhuru said. Ad­dress­ing Ju­bilee gover­nors and MCAs at State House, Uhuru said he does not agree with the Supreme Court rul­ing in­val­i­dat­ing his elec­tion.

‘WE LOOK FOR­WARD TO CO­OP­ER­AT­ING TO EN­SURE BUN­GOMA BEN­E­FITS FROM DE­VO­LU­TION’

/BRIAN OJAMAA

Bun­goma Gov­er­nor Wycliffe Wangamati (in green shirt) with Ford Kenya mem­bers in Kan­duyi on Satur­day

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