Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati has broken his silence on which party he will use during the 2022 general election as he plans to defend his seat after days of keeping his supporters guessing.
So far Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka, former communication authorization of Kenya CEO Francis Wangusi, Nairobi businessman Zachariah Baraza, Kibabii University Lecturers Peter Khakina and Sophy Nekoye Waliaula have announced to unseat the incumbent.
Lusaka who was the first Bungoma Governor at the onset of devolution between 2013-2017 is considered a front runner and has been crisscrossing the expansive county selling his manifestos.
While addressing residents of Sirisia constituency at the Weekend during the funeral service of Police constable Paul Chebutei, Wangamati called on those unsettled because of his silence on which political formation he associates with at the moment to wait as he consults widely.
“I am yet to choose between Raila Odinga’s Azimio La Umoja and William Ruto’s UDA for the 2022 general elections, to exercise patience, it’s a decision that i will make soon after consulting widely with the residents and key political stakeholders,” he said.
Wangamati who was elected on Ford Kenya party in 2017 eventually left the party after attempting unsuccessful coup alongside Kanduyi Mp Wafula Wamunyinyi and his Tongaren counterpart Eseli Simiyu.
Wamunyinyi and Eseli later joined Democratic Action Party of Kenya (DAP-K) associated with Defense cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa and were unanimously picked as party leader and secretary general respectfully.
The duo alongside Wangamati exited from Ford Kenya party after its party leader Moses Wetang’ula held a successful National Delegates Conference (NDC) and picked other leaders to replace the embattled former members.
While addressing mourners, Wangamati said that he will respect and follow the demands of his voters as the country heads to the August 2022 general elections.
“I will consult wildly and listen to Bungoma electorates on where they want us to go and that is what will inform my political direction as I vie for re-election” he said.