Kabuchai MP James Mukwe has sent a message of hope to his electorates and Kenyans at large following his long stay at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret while undergoing treatment.
Speaking from his sick bed on Saturday 1st of August, 2020, when Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati and Deputy Governor Prof. Charles Ngome visited him, the former Bungoma Municipality Mayor expressed is hope for a quicker recovery, asking his electorates to remain patient and visionary.
“Please tell my people of Kabuchai that I love them so much and I will be back to serve them the way they wanted,” Mr. Mukwe told Governor Wangamati as is messenger to the residents.
Governor Wangamati and Deputy Governor Charles Ngome had visited Kabuchai MP Mr. Mukwe at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret where he is receiving treatment.
The Governor wished the MP well, saying his people of Kabuchai miss him and his service. The MP asked the Governor to relay his regards to the people of Kabuchai and promised to be back with them as soon as he is cleared by the doctors. Prof Ngome prayed for the quick recovery of Hon Mukwe and for the well-being of his family.
The AMREF paramedics flied to Bungoma to airlift Mr. Mukwe to Nairobi for advanced medical attention on Thursday evening, April 16 after his health condition worsened. The legislator had been admitted at a Bungoma hospital for a week.
The MP later told a vernacular FM radio station that his health is stable, accusing his political rivals of using the youths to spread rumours about his health.
“I am very OK and much stronger. In fact, I am just waiting to be discharged and go back home to serve my people,” said Mukwe in his normal jovial mood.
The Mp also dismissed reports that his life was in critical danger and clarified that the treatment was just to improve an arthritis condition.
“I just want to ask my political opponents to stop this nonsense of using the youths to spread unsubstantiated information. One’s life is not something to joke about, he said during the radio interview.
Mr. Mukwe won the Kabuchai parliamentary seat in 2017 general election against his closest rival CPA Nabangi Tale who successfully appealed against Mr. Mukwe’s victory in the Appellate Court in Kisumu.
The Appellate Court on July 26, 2018 ruled in favour of Mr Tale, thus, throwing the constituency into another election mood before the second time MP rushed to the Supreme Court to seek an overturn of the Appeal court’s ruling against his victory.
But sitting in Nairobi January, 30, 2019, the country’s highest court ruled that the Appeal Court judges Erastus Githinji, Hannah Okwengu and Jamila Mohamed erred in their ruling and could not have allowed the petition to proceed after the Bungoma High Court had upheld Mr. Mukwe’s victory.
The electoral body had declared Mr James Lusweti Mukwe the winner with 18,485 votes against Nabangi’s 18,062 votes in the August 8, 2017 general election, a difference of 423 votes.
Unfortunately, Mr. Nabangi Tale was diagnosed with the Covid-19 novel where he succumbed to the disease on Wednesday of July 29th, 2020, after being admitted at a local private hospital in the ICU.
The late Nabangi, who has been “tributised” by hundreds of locals as an exemplary leader, was laid to rest yesterday Friday with the police lobbying teargas canisters at the crowded mourners who had gathered for his final send off.