An impending storm is building up in the Kakamega County Government following the latest remarks by deputy governor-elect Ayub Savula that he is equal in power with his boss, governor-elect Fernandes Barasa.
Savula claims that they had an agreement for him to shelve his bid and back-up Barasa on the condition that they’d share power.
Savula has rejected being referred to as deputy governor and now wants to be called co-governor, saying they will share the County Government leadership slots by half.
“Don’t let anyone lie to you that Savula returned to deputyship. We have divided the county government and the government of Kakamega into two. Barasa has taken half and Savula has taken half,” he said in a tweet on Monday morning.
He added that, constitutionally, Kakamega has ten ministries. Barasa will be in charge of one half as he takes up the rest.
This comes a few days after the former MP made shocking revelations on how he was forced to back up Azimio la Umoja against his will to support William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza.
“I have not mentioned it to anyone, but today I will go public about it. It is the coercion from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) that forced me to support the Azimio coalition. They arrested me together with my two wives at night on fictitious charges,” he said at a funeral in Lugari on Saturday and added that he is ready to work with Ruto to foster development in Kakamega County.
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.