Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wafula Wangamati has accepted defeat after he was floored by Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka in the county’s gubernatorial race.
Lusaka, through an official statement on the County Government of Bungoma Facebook page, congratulated Lusaka for the win and thanked the residents of Bungoma who voted for him.
“The people of Bungoma have spoken and we respect that decision. I want to congratulate Hon. Kenneth Lusaka on his election as the Governor of Bungoma County.
“Secondly, I want to thank every citizen of Bungoma who thought and believed in my vision for Bungoma and all those who supported my campaigns for re-election and voted for me. To each one of you, I want you to know that every single vote, every single contribution, every word of advice and encouragement was and remains greatly appreciated,” read the first two paragraphs of the statement.
The outgoing governor also thanked his staff, including his wife, for being ‘dependable partners in my journey’.
“I want to thank everyone who helped me achieve my mandate. My Cabinet and staff, you have been worthy dependable partners in this journey. May God bless you for the service you offered.
“Lastly, I want to thank my wife Caroline. Words fail me. I know this loss is so much yours as it is mine. I know your heart for the people of Bungoma, I know what joy you derived in serving our people,” he said.
Bungoma IEBC returning officer is expected to publicly announce Speaker Ken Lusaka the winner.
Sam Oduor is the editor-in-chief at the Western Kenya Times who leverages the power of the Internet in telling stories that shape opinions.