Ailing musical hero appeals for medical help


By Pauline

A renowned old time Bukusu musician James Wafula Otunguli is pleading for financial aid to help him cater for his medical expenses.

Speaking to West Media in his residential area at Khelela in Bumula ward; Bumula sub-county, Otunguli revealed that he needed more than Ksh.75, 000 to enable him undergo a surgery that will remove abdominal growth at Bungoma Referral Hospital.

“With the current economic crisis being experienced everywhere, it is hard for me to raise all that cash by myself.” Otunguli admitted.

He explained that a medical report from the referral hospital outlined that it was prudent for him to undergo surgery before his condition deteriorates.

Despite starting his music journey in early 1950s and enjoying much musical success during his hey days, James admits his inability to cater for his medical bill something that compels him to call upon all leaders including Bungoma governor Wycliffe Wangamati and the senate speaker Ken Lusaka to enable him undergo the operation.

The ailing hero whose constant smile would be noticed whenever he told of his life in the music industry conceals his plight thus rendering his health condition unnoticed.

Otunguli’s greatest hits include Liye Liye Lumboka, Bafunana Sinanu and Maayi Omuro. His prowess as a musician enabled him to increase his popularity after recording Ikula Emuliango; his hit collabo with the late Wasike Wa Musungu.

With Wasike they also produced Enombela among other all-time Bukusu classics that are still cherished to date.

“At this point, I take no help for granted putting in mind that doctors treat and God heals.” He added.

Like all other influential personalities in western region, Otunguli finalized his talk by urging the Bukusu leaders to stand in solidarity and vie for the head of state position.  “This is our time to go for the top seat but we can only achieve that in unison. “Said Otunguli.