It may come as a sweet tune in the ears of embattled Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati as his could-be rival Didmus Barsasa
The fast-rising youthful MP had caused jitters earlier this year when this website exposed a secret plot by 20 Bungoma MCAs to endorse the Kimilili MP for the gubernatorial bid in Bungoma County come 2022.
The secret meetings between Mr. Barasa and the MCAs reportedly caused panic in Governor Wangamati’s corridor’s of power that the Governor had to change tact and secretly “talk” to the entire County Assembly, this site understands.
But while speaking today at the burial of comedian John Gift in Mbakalo village, the popular MP said he will defend his legislative seat in 2022 as he prepares to vie for the gubernatorial seat in 2027.
However, Wangamati’s relief could be short-lived should the MP bow to pressure from thousands of his supporters to challenge him in 2022.
So far, Barasa is arguably the only elected leader in Bungoma County who is enjoying the massive support from across the county as depicted in a series of his public addresses where residents appear to cheer him to the skies every time he grabs the microphone.
Mr. Barasa, whose rising popularity has been credited to his energetic development projects in his constituency is currently regarded as the County’s most promising leader.
“At the moment, I am focused to develop my constituency for ten years after which I will now now go for Governornship,” Barasa said as the crowd burst into thunderous cheers.
At the funeral, he pledged to replace all grass-thatched houses in Mbakalo ward with semi-permanent ones.
He also promised to personally settle the pending university fee balance of Sh100,000 for John Gift’s brother.
Speakers at the function accused Governor Wangamati of neglecting Tongaren Constituency whose pathetic road network experienced by traveling mourners was an embarrassment to write home about.