Senate speaker Ken Lusaka has dismissed rumours that he has bolted out of the Bungoma gubernatorial race.
Lusaka stated that he is in the race to the end and assured his supporters to stop listening to propaganda from his rivals.
“I am in the Bungoma gubernatorial race slated for August, let my supporters not listen to those propagating lies that I have abandoned the race,” he said.
Speaking in one of the local vernacular radio station, Lusaka who has announced to unseat the current governor Wycliffe Wangamati, explained that those spreading propaganda about his candidature are in fear of defeat during the August polls.
“I haven’t abandoned my ambition to be the next Bungoma governor, don’t listen to rumour mongers, let me assure you that we are in this race up to the end,” he stated.
There have been rumours on social media and other platforms pointing out that Lusaka had abandoned the race and was considering being appointed an ambassador to other countries.
Others claimed that he was under pressure to be appointed in the next government and leave the incumbent governor to finish the projects he had started.
However, Lusaka came out boldly and assured his supporters that he is still in the race and will hit the ground hard has he campaigns to reclaim the lucrative seat he lost in 2017.
Lusaka who was the first governor on the onset of devolution in 2013-17 was defeated by Wangamati who was then fronted by Ford Kenya party leader Moses Wetang’ula.
Lusaka was later appointed the Senate speaker by Jubilee government, the position he is still holding up to now.
Lusaka is yet to name the party he will use in the political race but Wetang’ula has indicated in different platforms that he is likely to vie on Ford Kenya party ticket.
So far, Wangamati has dumped Ford Kenya and joined Democratic Action Party of Kenya and will defend his seat on it.
Others in the gubernatorial race are Nairobi businessman Zachariah Baraza, former Communication Authority of Kenya CEO Francis Wangusi and Kibabii University lecturer Peter Khakina.