Wycliffe Wafula Wangamati is a Kenyan national and politician currently serving as the 2nd Governor of Bungoma on a Ford Kenya ticket. Wangamati came to power after defeating Kenneth Lusaka in the 2017 election.
Wangamati was born and raised in Kanduyi. His father, Patrick Wangamati, was a Ford Kenya nominated MP and served as Mayor of Webuye in the 1980s. He attended Kanduyi DEB, St Mary`s Kibabii and Musingu High Schools. He later pursued his bachelors degree at Moi University.
Prior to joining politics, Wangamati was the Executive Director for Alexander Forbes East Africa. He was also a member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. Wangamati owns a majority of shares in Bonito properties limited which manages Bungoma Tourist Hotel. He is also linked with Milembe Microfinance Limited, a firm which operates in Nairobi and various towns in Western Kenya. Wycliffe Wafula Wangamati, WW, is a successful businessman. As a realtor of repute, he owns a number of properties in Kenya and in East Africa. These include: The Bungoma Tourist Hotel , Bungoma Tourist Hotel Annex (Formerly Rosewood Hotel) and Tessia Supermarket complex at Kanduyi Junction Bungoma.
Wangamati ran his gubernatorial campaign against incumbent Kenneth Lusaka of Jubilee in the 2017 Kenyan General Election. Their rivalry was heated and incredibly fractious. Wangamati and Lusaka were each fined Ksh. 1,000,000 ($10,000) by the IEBC for acts of violence committed by their supporters on the campaign trail.
Wangamati won the election narrowly with 48.74% of the vote to Lusaka’s 43.41%. Wangamati is currently working on the dual carriageway from Musikoma to Kanduyi as one of the main project in his first tenure. Additionally, his efforts in increased bursary allocations cannot go unnoticed.
Wangamati is married to Carol Wangamati. They have three children. arol studied in Loreto high school, Limuru and Kenyatta University. She is a banker who describes herself as assertive, knowledgeable and articulate. His father, Patrick Wangamati was a mayor in Webuye town and a critic of the Moi government, a matter that forced him into exile in Ghana. Wangamati’s mother, Selina Nasike was a nurse in Bungoma and was hailed as a woman who helped improve policies on nutrition in the then Bungoma District Hospital. Nasike passed on in February, 2021 aged 82.
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