“After extensive consultation with Governor Nyong’o and the LREB CEO Wycliffe Oparanya, I decide to resign and go back to my initial position within the county after putting up structures in place for the bloc,” were to words of Mr Abala Wanga as he tabled his resignation letter awaiting leaving office officially on Friday. He will then retreat to the United States for awhile before jetting back in the country.
The lake region economic bloc brings together Western, Nyanza and part of rift valley counties namely Bomet, Kericho, Nandi, Vihiga, Tranzoia, Migori, Siaya, Kisumu , Nyamira, Kisii, Homa Bay, Busia, Bungoma, Kakamega.
Before being appointed the chief executive officer of the 14 counties making the Lake Region Economic Bloc, Mr Abala served as the political advisor to the Kisumu county Governor Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o.
Why he resigned
There was pressure from all quotas after he was sentenced by Kiambu court for fraud. Mr Abala together with Valentine Magero on July 30, 2019 were charged of conspiring to defraud the Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologist Board of over Sh400,000. While laying the ruling, Kiambu Senior Principal Magistrate Teresia Nyangena, sentenced the outgoing CEO to six months in jail without the option of a fine after he was found guilty of engaging in multiple fraud. Abala has sinced challenged the sentence hence his continued freedom. However, he is facing a similar charge at the Kibera Law Courts.
A source on the know told 254News that being one of the chief financiers of Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o during the 2017 campaigns he is planning to go back to the county as either his political advisor or finance CEC to recover his monies he used in Prof Nyong’o’s campaigns.
“LREB had nothing and 2022 is almost here with us, Abala want to come back and make money. He is eying the finance docket” a source confided to 254News.
“Don’t forget that he want to run for Kisumu Central constituency in 2022” the source added.
However, according to Abala, “LREB is a glass house. I am inside while stones are being thrown at me destroying the glass. I need to leave the glass house to protect it from the stones,” he told journalists.
Mr Wanga left a considerablly rich legacy, this could be why he is not regretting his move. Achievements during his tenure include, setting up the LREB’s fully-fledged office and secretariat, negotiating with one of the local banks to buy shares worth sh2.8 billion. Initially LREB had plans of starting their own bank but this proved tricky. Mr Wanga also helped push the member counties to ratify LREB bill. 9 of which have since passed the bill.