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Is Lucas Meso the Best Chief Executive Officer (Governor) for Busia County?



Leading Busia County Governor Aspirant and Immediate Former Managing Director/CEO of Agricultural Finance Corporation Hon Lucas Meso.

If a County Governor is the County Chief Executive Officer (CEO), then Busia County needs someone with track record as a successful CEO and only Hon Lucas Meso, MBS fits the bill. As the immediate former Managing Director/CEO of Agricultural Finance Corporation (AFC), Hon Lucas Meso possesses one of the most impressive management and leadership credential in Kenya and Busia County will never have a better gubernatorial choice than him. Indeed, the choice for Governor in Busia County boils down to Lucas Meso, the seasoned manager and a tried and tested corporate change agent on the one hand and smooth talking unreliable politicians who represent the status quo on the other hand.

The people of Busia County know they can trust Hon Lucas Meso with their money because as a career banker with a rich experience spanning over 25 years in Senior Management positions in the Banking and Finance sector, the man has a towering and enviable reputation of integrity and prudence in public finance management. His stint as the Managing Director of the Agricultural Finance Corporation marked a remarkable turnaround for the Government-owned Development Finance Institution (DFI). Today, AFC is the leading Government credit institution and has six (6) regional offices and forty-seven (47) branches across the country.

It is in recognition of his exemplary role in transforming AFC as an institution that the President of Republic of Kenya honored Hon Meso with a Presidential National Decoration Award, Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS). For 10 years from 2011 to 2020, Lucas Meso managed an Annual Budget of over Ksh. 10 Billion and a cumulative total of over Ksh. 100 Billion, more than the Busia County Budget since start of devolution. Meso also steered AFC to generate more than Ksh. 10 Billion in that time and left a legacy of performance is the standard bearer for parastatals in the Agricultural sectors.

AFC Board Chair Former Cabinet Minister Frankline Bett praised Hon Lucas Meso for overseeing growth at the organisation during his tenure. “Meso is an exceptional leader who has transformed AFC, making it one of the best-performing Development Financial Institution (DFI) in the country and Africa. He leaves a more agile and resilient AFC, well placed to win in this fast-changing, dynamic industry,” he said. Bett also lauded the outgoing MD noting that he had served diligently and resuscitated an institution that had been written off. “It is an institution where anyone would want to be a leader because of the work you have done,” he said.

In addition, prior to joining the Agricultural Finance Corporation, Mr. Meso worked with the East African Development Bank, Commercial Bank of Africa, Co-operative Bank of Kenya and the Central Bank of Kenya and built his iconic professional reputation of being a turn-around specialist. There is no question that Lucas Meso is the best and maybe the only choice to turn things around in Busia County and ensure the residents can finally enjoy the fruits of devolution.

The fact that Busia Residents have tried a politician for Busia Governor in the person of the current Governor and his conduct ended up in the Anti-Corruption court has convinced many that it is time to give a solid profession the chance to steer Busia County to prosperity and Hon Lucas Meso seems to be the obvious choice. While politicians can promise heaven on earth, it takes technocrats and people with experience like Meso who was managing thousands of employees and stakeholders at AFC to get things done.

Hon Lucas Meso confirmed to Tribune that he is in the Race for Busia Governor and there is no turning back. He added that he has been actively engaging various grassroots leaders in Busia to understand the extent of the problems that bedevil devolution in Busia and craft a lasting solution to address once and for all. “I am in the race to become the next governor. I am glad that many people from various parts of the county are keen to have me as their governor because they are tired of empty promises and bad leadership,” he said.

Hon Lucas Meso holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration specializing in Strategic Management from the Maastricht University (MSM)/ESAMI) and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Financial Services from the University of Manchester. He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIB) UK, a Fellow of the IFS School of Finance (FIFS). In addition, Mr. Meso successfully completed the Global Change Agents Executive Program from the Harvard Kennedy School. He is also a graduate of Advanced Management Programme, Strathmore University in collaboration with IESE Business School, Barcelona-Spain.

Having come from a humble background, Hon Lucas Meso has been and remains passionate about giving back to his community and has been the Board Chairman of two local schools, Bukhalalire and Bumutiru Secondary Schools in Busia. He is also the proud Patron of the Busimako Group in Busia that is currently supporting two hundred and fifty students to go through their University education. Meso has also made outstanding contributions to the economic development of Kenya as a whole and is now ready to apply what he has learnt out there in transforming his home county of Busia.

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  1. Shilla

    September 5, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    Yes. Busia needs a serious manager. Meso Lucas has vast experience and has excelled in leadership by a great deal.
    Of the political teams,I rank him the best among the best.
    Team Lucas
    Team meso
    Busia governor 2022

  2. Danstan

    September 5, 2021 at 5:15 pm

    Tested and proven leader indeed. Good to have you bwana governor to steer our county out of poor leadership it has experienced since the commencement of devolution.
    We the Busia people will be privileged to have you.

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Why Wakili Oliver Kipchumba’s Senatorial Bid is Good News for Uasin Gichu



Wakili Oliver Karori Kipchumba is set to debunk the myth that Uasin Gichu County cannot produce a Senator who is worthy the office. The County has won the notoriety in Senate as one that has misfortune of electing Senators who go in the opposite direction from the hopes and aspirations of the Uasin Gichu Residents. But that is about to change when Oliver Kipchumba, who has no serious challenger thus far, gets elected as the third Uasin Gichu Senator. With UDA Primaries just a fortnight away, Uasin Gichu Residents are showing open preference for Wakili Kipchumba as their Senator over Incumbent Governor Mandago who they see as part of the rotting wound in the County they are trying to cauterize.

One cannot argue with the fact that while Uasin Gichu County has many good things but it stands out as one of those counties in Kenya that has never been well represented in the Senate of Kenya since 2013. When Uasin Gichu Residents replaced the Silent Senator Isaac Melly (who spoke not once in the Senate) with Prof. Margaret Kamar, little did they know their Senator will make it her business to oppose what they support and support what they can’t stand at all.

Today, tired of shenanigans of Margaret Kamar, Uasin Gichu Residents are by all indications looking for new blood and a political firebrand to send to the Senate to voice their agenda. This is why many Uasin Gichu residents consider the entry of Lawyer Oliver Kipchumba into the Senatorial Race as God’s answer to their fervent prayers for someone to rescue them from the misfortune of deadbeat senators

The youthful and eloquent Oliver Kipchumba who describes himself as “a liberal conservative politician, an advocate, Political Commentator, Entrepreneur and a Committed Sunday School Teacher” reminds many Uasin Gichu residents of the young William Ruto who on arriving on the political stage in Eldoret North soon eclipsed those who had hitherto been deemed unbeatable and has never looked back. Many youth in the County also see Oliver Kipchumba candidature as  their chance to elect one of their own.

Oliver Kipchumba is not new to politics and leadership having been the Student Leader during his time at Moi University. He has since become a sought-after political debater by most National Television. He has also cut his teeth as a leading lawyer and has appeared for and represented many big names in court and in the boardroom. There is no denying when Uasin Gichu Residents elect Oliver Kipchumba in 2022 they shall have guarantee of the best and most articulate representation and oversight in the Senate.

Oliver is a duly admitted Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and an Holder of Masters of Laws (LL.M) from Strathmore University, Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from Moi University and Diploma in Laws from Kenya School of Law.  Besides his quest to clinch the Uasin Gichu Senator seat, Oliver has been at the forefront in recruiting, coordinating and leading professionals in support of the Deputy President Dr. William Ruto’s bid to be the next President.

Based on his slogan of Putting Devolution into Perspective, Oliver Kipchumba says the role of the Senator is indispensable as the official spokespersons of the County in Parliament. He believes the next Uasin Gichu Senator must ensure the County Residents and Kenyans at large enjoy the fruits of devolution and the Governors and MCAs live up to their manifesto and expectations of the residents. If elected, Oliver Kipchumba is determined to end the culture of excess and runaway graft in the counties and ensure that the Second Governor of Uasin Gichu County delivers for the people.

Wakili Oliver Kipchumba with Deputy President William Ruto, the Chief Guest during his recent LL.M Graduation.

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Wakili Mbaluka Switch to Vie for Machakos Senator a Hailed as Sure Win



Top Nairobi Lawyer Hon Joel Kyatha Mbaluka has joined United Democratic Alliance (UDA) and opted to vie for Machakos Senator, a move that has been hailed as a game changing hat trick and sure win by many political analysts. Many have hailed the move by Wakili Mbaluka to shift from the crowded Gubernatorial Race to vie for Machakos Senator as the right thing to given that Machakos Residents are frustrated by the illiteracy and incompetence of the Incumbent Senator and the other aspirants who have expressed interest in the seat left by Late Machakos Senator Hon Boniface Kabaka.

Wakili Mbaluka, being a counsel like Hon Boniface Kabaka, has been described as the right man to fit the big shoes left by the late articulate and firebrand senator who is already being missed by most residents who had grown to like his activism in the Senate. There is consensus among most Machakos Residents that they made a mistake in electing a Class 7 drop out to represent them in the current Senate which has become the house of the most learned debate.

Many Machakos County residents are alarmed that Senator Kavindu Muthama is yet to make a maiden speech more than one year since she was sworn in. In fact, many residents are not even aware who is their current Senator as they have not seen her in the news or speaking on the floor of the Senate. Even with all the stealing that has gone on in Machakos County in the last year, not once did Senator Kavindu as much as make a statement to call for transparency or accountability.

In fact, according to analysts, nothing has prepared Machakos County residents to elect another lawyer as Senator in August 2022 than having an incompetent gap Senator. People now can tell the difference between having a Senator who knows his job like Kabaka and having dead weight like Kavindu who is not even aware what is her job description. This is working to Wakili Joel Kyatha Mbaluka’s advantage given that he is considered as an outsider in Machakos County affairs and has no conflict of interest.

Analysts are also quick to note that Machakos County having rejected a Wiper Senate Candidate to elect Senator Kabaka, they will readily elect Senator Joel Kyatha Mbaluka to get the job done. Senator Mbaluka also has the advantage of coming from the Lower Machakos like Kabaka. His unity with UDA Chairman Hon Johnstone Muthama is likely to give him an advantage in other parts of Machakos which will sweep him to office with ease. As many have noted about Mbaluka’s shift to Senatorial race, holding all other factors constant, he may as well begin to prepare for swearing in as Next Machakos Senator.

Wakili Joel Kyatha Mbaluka when he joined UDA Presidential Candidate Dr. William Ruto at Masii in Mwala.

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Why Mbaluka is Preferred by 57% of Residents as Next Machakos Governor



Machakos Governor Aspirant Wakili Joel Kyatha Mbaluka continues to lead in the polls even as his rating among the County residents is soaring to new heights. This runaway popularity of the Lawyer has been attributed to his demonstration of understanding who is a Governor, what does a Governor do and what he Machakos electorate should expect from him as the next Governor. In the latest Machakos poll, Wakili Mbaluka is leading with 57% of Machakos County Residents saying if elections are held today they will vote for him. His nearest competitor has meagre 18% support less than a third of Mbaluka’s support.

The opinion poll sampled the opinion of Machakos residents by posing the question: Who is Machakos Next Governor? The county residents were given to choose between Hon Kyatha Mbaluka, Hon Wavinya Ndeti (CAS of Transport), Hon Florence Mwangangi (Machakos County Speaker), Hon Johnstone Muthama (Former Senator and UDA Chairperson), Hon Francis Maliti (Machakos Deputy Governor) and Hon Patrick Makau (Mavoko Constituency MP). In what has been described as a case of David versus Goliaths, Wakili Mbaluka is emerging as the leader in the crowded race for next Machakos Governor.

The success of Wakili Mabluka has been attributed to his understanding of the role of Governor and how he has gone about selling himself to residents across the County. “A Governor is a Manager of County Affairs and resources and should be a diligent Manager and Brilliant Organizer like Joel Kyatha Mbaluka who is both a learned Lawyer but holder of a Master in Financial Management. Machakos County Residents can count on Governor Mbaluka to prudently deal with their county affairs and ensure our County resources are not wasted or misappropriated by dishonest county workers and cartels,” said a Political Analyst who requested anonymity.

According to Wakili Mbaluka, a Governor ought to be a diligent manager who understands the problems of his People like himself. He notes that having grown up in squalor within Machakos County and having had to endure going to a Primary School seven kilometers away on bare feet and to fetch water with a donkey every afternoon after school 12 kilometers away for the family, he is the best placed to address the persisting water scarcity issue with finality amongst other issues such as unemployment, bad infrastructure and poorly stocked hospitals as outlined in his manifesto.

“As I have outlined in my manifesto and explained to Machakos County residents from Kalama to Mavoko to Mwala to Yatta and Muthesya, my Government will have people of Machakos County as the priority and county funds and resources will only be deployed to the most deserving of priority areas where the greatest number possible/attainable of Machakos County residents will Benefit instead of selfish ventures of greedy County officials to make maximum kickbacks at the expense of service delivery for the people,” said Wakili Mbaluka.

Mbaluka thanked Machakos County residents for embracing his message saying that all he is seeking the Governor seat to serve them better and create employment opportunities for disadvantaged Machakos youth, fresh graduates and people with disabilities within County structures and further to attract investors in our great County to open up factories, companies and godowns to employ our youth and to promote the welfare of people with disabilities as outlined in his manifesto. He also promised to ensure equity in the allocation of resources in all Machakos subcounties.

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