Kakamega county CEC in charge of Youths, Sports and Social Services retired Major Suleiman Sumba, has announced his resignation and interest in the gubernatorial race come 2017.
Sumba broke the least expected news to the press outside his office citing continued arrogance by the county government and abuse as reason behind his resignation.
According to him, the government in which he has been part of continues to intimidate Mumias residents over their parcels of land which they want to posses by force.
Giving an example of Likoni where the Mombasa governor Hassan Joho intervened and his people were resettled and Kwale where governor Mvurya is working on the issue, Sumba wondered why Kakamega should be dealt with differently.
Sumba further declared to run for the Kakamega county gubernatorial seat in the coming elections on a Jubilee ticket, saying this will enable him help the people facing land challenges.
“I will work with president Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy because they fight for the constitution.” Said Sumba.
He added that goons attacked his and his brothers land where crops and other things were destroyed stating that the attacks will not make him stop the fight.
The county government and residents of Mumias town and its outskirts are fighting over the ownership of over 480 acres of land.
150 families have been caught in between the disputes with no where to go.
In response, Kakamega county government through its communication office wished Major Sumba well saying that it is an individual’s right to make decisions.