Only Raila can save Kenya - Wangamati
Governor says NASA chief can redeem the people from ‘Jubilee’s yoke which has made life unbearable’
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’
Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati (in green shirt) with Ford Kenya members in Kanduyi on Saturday