In July 2017, Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, while visiting the company, made a bold promise to Nzoia Sugar Fc that he would provide for them a bus, to enable them to cater for transport logistics while attending KPL Matches.
To be precise, that was on Wednesday 27th July, 2017, when Nzoia Sugar Company witnessed a rare phenomenon when three sitting Cabinet Secretaries visited the Company.
They included the then CS Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Willy Bett, CS Ministry of Water and Irrigation Eugene Wamalwa and CS Ministry of
Industrialization Adan Mohammed, in the company of the then Bungoma county governor Kenneth Lusaka.
In the visit, they gave the company a Ksh. 300 million cheque for farmers’ payments, fulfilling an earlier promise made by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
While addressing the people during the event, CS Wamalwa, who revealed that he was a great fan of Nzoia Sugar Fc, promised to help purchase a bus for the team with support from other local dignitaries in the National Government.
He also lauded the team for its good performance as they made a comeback in the Kenyan Premier League and urged them to work harder.
“….Despite posting good performances, the team was faced with transport challenges that were affecting their performance. According to the coach, players arrived for matches tired and worn out after traveling on uncomfortable public means of transport. Water and Irrigation CS Eugene Wamalwa is however determined to bring the woes of the team to an end..” read part of a statement from the company.
During the 2018 Michezo Magharibi Awards, CS Wamalwa again reiterated his continued support for Nzoia FC, saying they had raised money to facilitate the purchase of the bus for the team.
“We have managed to raise Ksh. 5 Million shillings to facilitate the purchase of a team bus for Nzoia Fc,” he said.
Four years down the line, however, the team is yet to receive the bus, and their struggles to honour fixtures in the halted KPL have been evident, as, in some of the prior fixtures, they were forced to travel on the same day they were playing a match.
However, the CS’s promise could as well be looming on the way, as the Sports Editorial desk of Wakajuaness.Com can independently confirm that the bus is already in Kenya.
According to a close source we spoke to, the bus is likely to be used as a political tool, in the usual nature of Kenyan politicians, to gain mileage. This could highly be propelled by the fact that the CS is showing a high interest in being in a greater position to bargain for the Luhya community.
Unless he again changes his decision and re-paint the already branded bus, be rest assured that Nzoia Sugar Fc’s promised bus is already in Kenya. What matters, is when CS Eugene Wamalwa will deliver it at Sudi Stadium.