Council of Governors chairman Wycliffe Oparanya has maintained that he is still young and energetic enough to serve Kenyans in a more senior capacity.
Kakamega governor says, his experience as a leader in various capacity including a member of parliament for Butere, Minister for planning in the coalition government for five years and Kakamega governor for 10 years gives him an upper hand to continue serving Kenyans past 2022 as his second term as a governor comes to an end.
“I have experience that I feel Kenyans should consider me for a higher office and as you can see am not an old man. I have some few years around which I can use actually to help this country.” Says Oparanya.
He adds that his time as the minister for planning exposed him to problems facing Kenya and he has he solution to those problems. He says, his track record at the County Government of Kakamega rates him as a performer.
“I have been in the planning ministry for five years. I know the problems facing this country and how some of these problems can be solved. I have done it at the county level. If you come to Kakamega you can witness this. If I had resources flowing in without any interaction, Kakamega county would have been very very far.” He says.
It is not clear what position Oparanya is gunning for as on several occasions he has thrown his support to the BBI which details indicate is proposing introduction of the position of Prime Minister as part of expanding the executive.
Other governors who have shown interest in more powerful political position include Alfred Mutua of Machakos and Kivutha Kibwana of Makueni.