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Sunday 17 May 2015

State House reaches out to Lusaka opponent

The rivalry between Bungoma county governor and New Ford Kenya acting party leader, Ken Lusaka on one hand  and Wycliffe Wangamati on the other, is fast attracting recognition with the highest office in the country drawing attention.
A source at State House said Wangamati who is a candidate for Bungoma county gubernatorial seat was recently discussed at the House on the Hill.
The source said that State House had planned to award the young Wangamati a slot in the government to silence him in a move that is said to have aborted.
A secret call by Uhuru Kenyatta’s legal aide Kibe Mungai to Wangamati is said to have persuaded him to apply for a ministerial position that was recently awarded that favoured mainly the Western region.
The source divulged that Wangamati turned down the offer owing to his political ambition in Bungoma county.
Reached for comment, Wangamati declined to comment on the matter.
“I am not aware but incase that offer is floated I cannot take,” said Wangamati whochairman of Bonito companies.
However, his political strategist and former Masinde Muliro University don Dr Ngome confirmed that a one time Uhuru’s ally Tony Gachoka has been making endless calls to him.
Gachoka is said to have asked Dr Ngome to lure his boss to apply for the principal chief post in the water and irrigation docket created by Uhuru that was last advertised.
He divulged that Gachoka promised to influence the appointment for the position.
Wangamati’s candidature is said to have caused shockwaves to many with his unwavering spirit to claim the seat.
State House is now said to be working round the clock to salvage Lusaka from Wangamati who has in the recent past been making forays in the county in a bid to unseat the incumbent.
After his declaration for the seat, Lusaka approached the father of the young Wangamati who is the nominated MP, to talk to the son after raising political temperatures high in the county, a move that attracted a backlash with pundits terming it as political goof.
Wangamati recently took on Lusaka’s lieutenants telling them to take it easy and stop panicking.
“Don’t panic since we are here to offer ourselves to the public and whoever will be deemed fit to lead will be chosen by the voters,’’ said Wangamati during a fundraiser in Webuye.
Wangamati said that he has enough money to run a campaign and that finance should not worry anybody.
“You can ask Lusaka my friend whom I assisted with some money with when his campaign was running dry last elections. I have enough to run a campaign,’’ said Wangamati. It is whispered he gave Lusaka Sh10 million to facilitate his final campaign lap.

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