By Collins Matubwi
Behind every success story there lies discipline, commitment and hope.
This is what best defines the journey of success of Wycliffe Luhatse, a private contractor and the proprietor of Kamuneko Holdings Ltd. who now wants to represent the electorate of Murhanda ward of Shinyalu constituency in the Kakamega County Assembly come 2022.
Mr Luhatse, the 11th born son in a family of 13 children is the son of the late Mzee Fabian Kamuneko Luhatse and Regina Akhwichela.
He schooled at Munyanda and Injira primary schools respectively before joining the renowned Lwanda secondary school in Muranda for his ‘O’ level of education.
Luhatse harvested sand and sold vegetables to raise his school fees.
“My life was not easy; I harvested sand at my early age, planted and sold vegetables for a long time in order to get money to cater for my tuition fee and food. After form four, I ventured into poultry farming which made me financially stable,” said Mr Luhatse.
According to Luhatse, networking aided his mega breakthrough. “I got an opportunity to associate with community groups and non-governmental organisations where I was privileged to interact with different people who motivated me to serve the society tirelessly.”
Through Haki Jamii organization, UNDP for Good Governance and Uraia Trust that were mainly championing the involvement of the community in management of county affairs after the inception of devolution, Mr Luhatse organised youth, women training, and empowerment in the region thus making him a household name.
He was then elected by civil society organisations to represent them nationally as Convener and Financier at Civil Society Reference Group (CSRG).
Despite all evidences to the contrary, Mr Luhatse says that he grew with hope of being a better and resourceful young man to his community and people.
He ventured into business particularly the transport sector which delocalized his network an aspect he says broadened his understanding into an undoubtedly one of the most proliferate upcoming contractors in Western Kenya.
The events he says has prepared him for good leadership : low living standards, low income level, poor health services and infrastructural decadence is the reason that engineered his decision to join politics in an aid to exercise the science of development.
Apart from his political and career engagements, Luhatse is a committed husband of one, father of four, a devoted Christian and sportsperson.