Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya has endorsed his deputy Philip Kutima to succeed him in the county’s top seat in 2022.
After working with him for two terms since 2013, and achieving a remarkable development record, Oparanya believes that the county will be in safe hands with Kutima in the top office.
“We have worked together for 8 years, we are now in our final year. There is no other person who understands what we have been doing other than him,” said Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya.
On the same occasion, Philip Kutima welcomed the endorsement, dedicating his success as the second in command to his boss.
“I have learned a lot from you because while working, you have also been mentoring me. There are things that I have had to learn from you. The way you have led Kakamega is an example to quite a number of counties,
“And you can see that in the counties where there has been a change of governors, their development record is nothing equal to Kakamega,” remarked Oparanya’s deputy.
The Kakamega governor makes this declaration amid a scramble by other legislators to be his predecessors.
Kakamega Senator Cleophas has also shown interest in the gubernatorial seat and has been a watchdog for Oparanya’s administration.
Also, Former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale has shown interest in contesting for the seat through a UDA ticket.
Other candidates who are warming up for the Kakamega governor race in 2022 include Former Butere MP Amukowa Anangwe, Lugari MP Ayub Savula, County Assembly Clerk Laban Atemba, and Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco) Chief Executive Officer Fernandes Barasa.
As Oparanya exists the Kakamega stage, he has bigger dreams of contesting for Presidency through the ODM ticket.
Being ODM’s deputy Party leader, the Kakamega Governor hopes that his boss Raila Odinga will endorse him.
However, he is not ready for a face-off with Odinga. Oparanya says that if Raila contests for the Presidency, he will quit his ambition and support him.