Bungoma governor Wycliffe Wangamati has finally joined Democratic Action Party of Kenya (DAP-K) a party associated with defence CS Eugene Wamalwa ending months of speculations.
Wangamati joined DAP-K on Friday last week and is set to use the party as his vehicle as he seeks to be reelected for the second term.
He was officially received by Wamalwa, party leader Wafula Wamunyinyi among other party officials.
Wangamati was first elected in 2017 on Ford Kenya ticket defeating the current senate speaker Ken Lusaka on Jubilee party ticket.
At the weekend while touring Tongaren constituency, Wangamati lift the lid by stating out what made him leave Ford Kenya and joined DAP-K.
He said that he had strained ruling the county government owing to the uncooperative County Assembly MCAs who were receiving instructions from Ford Kenya party leader Moses Wetang’ula.
“A section of MCAs allied to Bungoma Senator were determined and almost impeached me, wasn’t it for some powerful forces interventions I would be cooling my heels at home,” he said.
He decried unending court battles that paralyzed majority of his development projects in the county.
Wangamati also blamed wrangles in Ford Kenya party which has been paralyzing development in the county after some hidden forces instructing MCAs never to pass annual budgets.
“I have also suffered sustained attacks including being summoned by the Senate committees to shade light on various issues bedevilling the county and whose origin was some leadership issues in FK party,” he said.
Wangamati added, “I saw the need to move over to a new party whose members are friendly and can help me run my government with much ease,”.
He explained that he needed MCAs who will support his development projects and ensure his regime succeeds in fulfilling his projects.
During the azimio rally, Wangamati lauded DAP leaders for identifying him and giving him an opportunity to run for the governorship.
“We are starting a new dawn, we are unveiling a new party, we will walk together, we will win on this party, support it,” he said.
Defence CS Eugene Wamalwa stated that the party had picked Wangamati after a long consultation.
“Wangamati has done so well as the first time governor, he has constructed roads, awarded scholarships to thousands of needy students joining secondary schools and many more projects that has changed people’s lives,” said Wamalwa.
He called on Bungoma residents to reelect Wangamati to ensure he completes the projects he has started.
“Recently Wangamati was feted for being the best governor who has initiated development projects in his county, what puzzled me more was that his rival who is the Senate speaker Ken Lusaka graced the occasion as the guest of honour and awarded him,” he said.
Other aspirants eyeing Bungoma gubernatorial seat include senate speaker Ken Lusaka, Nairobi businessman Zachariah Baraza, Kibabii university Lecturer Peter Khakina and former communication authority of Kenya CEO Francis Wangusi.