Senate speaker Kenneth Lusaka has assured his supporters that he is firmly in the Bungoma gubernatorial race.
He urged his supporters to ignore any propaganda from his rivals that he might not be in the ballot and asked his opponents to stop panicking.
Speaking during an interview on one of local TV station in Bungoma town, Lusaka explained that he is vying for the governorship to redeem Bungoma from underdevelopment.
“I am firmly in the Bungoma gubernatorial race and I will redeem Bungoma from underdevelopment that it is experiencing at the moment,” he said.
Lusaka who was the first governor between 2013/17 was defeated by the current governor Wycliffe Wangamati.
Lusaka is seeking a come back as the area governor on Ford Kenya party which is in Kenya Kwanza Alliance while Wangamati will be defending his seat on Democratic action party.
A Nairobi based businessman Zachariah Baraza will be contesting as an independent candidate while a Kibabii university don Peter Khakina will be trying his luck on Cyrus Jirongo’s party and former communication authority of Kenya CEO Francis Wangusi will vie on a Kanu ticket.
“Ignore those people who said that I won’t vie for governorship that because I am broke, why are they now not rejoicing?” He posed.
He said that the reason he is not frequently seen in Bungoma is because he is still the Senate Speaker until he hands over to the next person.
“But anytime I have time I will be within the county engaging with the residents regarding my gubernatorial bid,” said Lusaka
Lusaka explained that he was proud for initiating many development projects in the county during his stint as the area governor.
“I have a vision with the High Altitude Training centre in Mt Elgon Sub-County. Its the only Public Training centre for Athletics because I mean well for the people and want to help nurture talents,” he said
Lusaka stated that by the time he left office in 2017 over 34,000 vulnerable farmers had benefited from the subsidized free farm inputs while the current regime reduced from 750 to 250 bags despite the revenue allocation doubling.
“When I came into office there was only one ambulance. I bought 5 ambulances and through my networks got partnerships who helped buy 8 more ambulances,” he said.
Among the notable projects put up by Lusaka’s government included the Chwele slaughterhouse in Chwele town, upgrading of Bungoma Town roads and boosting businesses.
“I lobbied for the tarmacking of the Misikhu-Brigadier road. I approached the National Government and we agreed to co-finance its construction. Tarmacking had kicked off but as soon as I left office everything came to a stop. We will complete what we began,” said Lusaka.