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Lake Basin Economic blocl settles on James Ongwae as vice chair

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,15TH JAN,2020-Kisii governor James Ongwae has been elected the vice chairman of the Lake Region Economic bloc.

Ongwae takes over from former Bomet governor Joyce Laboso who died last July.

Governors from the 11 counties unanimously voted in the second term governor.

Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya who is the current chairman said Ongwae was chosen by his colleagues during the bloc’s fifth summit held in Siaya county on Wednesday.

Ongwae thanked his colleagues for their trust in him and promised to offer his best in his new role to champion the interests of the bloc.

“I am humbled and I sincerely promise to dedicate my time to working with my able colleagues to realise the Lake Region Economic Bloc’s vision,” he said.

Ongwae’s election is expected to ease pressure on Oparanya who is already handling huge responsibilities at the CoG.

The bloc would tap on Ongwae’s vast experience in the public service and management to jump-start its operations as it positions itself as an economic force for investments within the country.

The meeting was attended by governors Oparanya, Ongwae, John Nyagarama(Nyamira), Wycliffe Wangamati(Bungoma), Cornel Rasanga(Siaya), OKoth Obado(Migori), Wilber Otichilo(Vihiga) and Sospeter Ojaamong(Busia).

Others were Kisumu governor Anyang’ Nyong’o and Bomet’s Hillary Barchok.

The Lake Basin Economic bloc constitutes Kakamega, Kisumu, Bungoma, Homa Bay, Busia, Bomet, Siaya, Nyamira, Migori, Kisii and Vihiga counties,.

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