Lusaka to take over New Ford Kenya party leadership
20 April 2015, 16:12
Bungoma - The New Ford Kenya National Executive Council (NEC) has handed over the party leadership mantle to Bungoma County Governor, Kenneth Lusaka following Eugene Wamalwa's nomination as the Cabinet Secretary Water and Irrigation.
Speaking to News24, the director of special programmes Julius Bakasa said the NFK party leadership decided to hand over the party matters to the Bungoma Governor following an internal consultation.
"After the internal party organ meeting, we have decided to hand over the party mantle to .Lusaka because he has what it takes to steer the party to its political growth," disclosed Bakasa.
Lusaka, who is on an official duty to Singapore, is yet to confirm if he will accept the role but his political advisor, Wanyonyi Buteyo was very categorical that consultation should take place because it's a sensitive issue.
"We need consultations before reaching a conclusion. Political issues should be delinked from the public service where the Governor belongs. Let the party top organ consult with the legal experts so that we can stop complicating matters," said Buteyo.
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He noted that the party should wait for the Governor to arrive so they can organize a meeting to chart the way forward but not just rushing to make decisions that can cause problems in the future.
Bakasa, who is the party NEC member, said that Wamalwa is the current senior most politician from the region working in the government and that his detractors should stop belittling him.
"With the political and leadership experience he has, the state should be proud of him. Those saying that he has been given a lesser ministry are a worried lot because he has scored politically," he said.
Bakasa, the former director of elections in NFK noted that Bungoma, Trans Nzoia and Western region at large is very happy that one of them has been appointed to serve in the Jubilee administration.
"President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto have at long last remembered us. Let's support their administration; we had suffered for long but eventually our cry has been heard," he said.
Efforts to get a comment from Wamalwa did not succeed because he could not pick his phone.
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