Gladys Wanga launched her Homabay county gubernatorial bid on Sunday 13 attended by leaders allied to Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Wanga promised to revolutionize devolution in the county and foster regional economic growth by focusing on three key areas: agriculture, infrastructure development, and job creation.
The legislator promised to revitalize the fishing and agricultural sectors, with a focus on the main crops of sunflowers, sweet potatoes, cotton, and sugarcane, to ensure that processing industries thrive.
Wanga has also promised to fight corruption in the county in order to ensure the success of devolution and equitable distribution of resources among residents.
“I want to make Homa Bay part of the National grand coalition against corruption. My government will not tolerate the corruption because it rips our people of the development that they should get,” she explained.
“Devolution must succeed in order to change lives in Homa Bay county. In the last 9 years as your women rep, I have made effort to bring the changes that we could within that docket,” she said.
She also stated that in order for her county to prosper economically, she would collaborate with and borrow ideas from other leaders such as Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu, Kivutha Kibwana, and Anyang’ Nyong’o.
“I will form partnerships with other governments; I know her excellency Charity Ngilu has succeeded in putting up a textile industry, the KIKO Tech that employs thousands of young people and gives them income,” she stated.
Wanga expressed confidence in her ability to win the county’s top seat, citing her recent performance as a woman representative and her commitment to democracy.
Wanga will compete with former Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero, Suba West MP John Mbadi, Louis Otieno, and former Kasipul Kabondo lawmaker Joseph Oyugi Magwanga in the race to succeed incumbent Governor Cyprian Awiti.
Other leaders who graced the event included; Governors Charity Ngilu (Kitui) Ann Kananu (Nairobi), RMS chairman S.K Macharia, MPs Senators Ledama Ole Kina (Narok), Fredrick Otieno (Kisumu), MPs Rachael Shebesh, Sabina Chege (Murang’a), Naisuuda Leisuda (Kajiado), Esther Passaris (Nairobi), Janet Ongera (Kisii), Fatuma Gedi (Wajir), Albert Ojwang’, Beatrice Elachi, among others.