About Us      ICT Centers      Contacts      Staff      Blog      Webmail      Events & Functions      Survey      Facts or Myths Exchange Rate  


Perspective of the World from Western Kenya
The West Is Rising...
  Home      Programmes      Classified Ads      Downloads      Top Stories      Music Downloads      Photo Gallery     
  |    |    |  
    Search:  
Sponsored Tweets
Are you a Kenyan living in the USA or UK, listen to West Fm free via your phone. Dial US: 213 493 0195 UK: 020 3519 3770  |  we appreciate sharing of information, we do not condone plagiarism of our work.  |  
Kenya Commercial Bank Ltd. 42.00 |-0.59%  |  Safaricom Ltd. 6.50|-0.76%  |  Uchumi Supermarket 22.00|1.15%  |  Mumias Sugar Company Ltd. 4.95|-1.00%  |   EA Portland Cement 56.00|-1.75%  |   EA Cables 16.75|-2.05%  |   EA Breweries 304.00| 0.66%  |  Diamond Trust Bank 154.00|0.65%  |  Crown Berger 55.00|0.00%  |   Cooperative Bank 16.95|-0.29%  |  CMC Holdings 13.50|0.00%  |   City Trust 448.00|0.00%  |   CFC Stanbic 64.00|0.00%  |   Centum Investment 21.25|-1.16%  |   Carbacid Investments 130.00 | -4.41%  |   AccessKenya Group 8.80|1.73%  |  
ON FACEBOOK
MKANYAGANO - 10TH TO 11TH MAR 2012 ONE.

More Podcasts

WEST FM EDITORIAL
Kenya’s governance curse
Judiciary as the declarer of what the constitution and law is
Why then is corruption, tribalism, nepotism and cronyism more rife in the new Kenya
PICK OF THE WEEK
Bungoma County government ignores persons with disability
OPINION & EDITORIAL
Children below 15 years at high risk of child trafficking in Kenya
Pokot – Turkana border attacks derailing development in the region
County Administration Boards will provide a development platform for leaders
PICK OF THE DAY
Bungoma leaders condemn the killing of a university student in Kimilili
Government to reform Kenya police reservists in the country
SPORTS NEWS
All is set for Kenyan teams in the East Africa secondary school games
Kakamega high, this year’s secondary school national champions
Kakamega high beats Brother Beausang 5-0 in the national secondary school games
LIFESTYLE
The need for young girls’ empowerment
Reaping the reward of patience – Sarah Nafula story
‘Mama Fundi’: My struggle in men dominated industry
WESTERN AND NORTH RIFT FACTS
Ambassador James Ochami wishes Nominee Ambassador for DRC Dr. George Masafu well
Senior luhyia leaders set to attend Wamalwa Kijana memorial
Commission of Administrative Justice to broaden its base across the Country
Program Line Up
Monday 01 September 2014
05:00 - 09:00 Amka na West FM
05:55 - 06:00 WEATHER FORECAST
06:00 - 06:30 AMKA NA B.B.C
06:30 - 06:45 TAHARIRI
06:45 - 07:00 UCHAMBUZI WA MAGAZETI
07:00 - 07:10 NEWS BULLETIN
07:10 - 07:15 HUDUMA NA MAADILI
09:00 - 09:15 B.B.C NEWS BRIEFS
09:15 - 11:00 SWALA NYETI
10:00 - 10:15 NEWS BRIEFS
10:15 - 10:20 BUSINESS NEWS
11:00 - 01:00 KATA JASHO
11:00 - 11:05 B.B.C NEWS BRIEFS
11:30 - 11:35 SPORTS NEWS
Full Program Line Up



Long-serving Lugari councilor Luvisia Ngome, yet to call it quits 28 years after he quit teaching

Written by Joseph Amunya Otieno
2011-08-06 12:43:00
Read 1697 Times
Bookmark and Share

Former Webuye Mayor John Luvisia Ngome who quit his teaching career for politics  28 years ago and he is yet to let go of his ambition. [Photo \ Joseph Amunya Otieno]

Councilor John Luvisia Ngome has had to contend with a gamble he plunged into 28 years ago.

“Bored with chalk and the classroom I quit my job as a teacher without any inkling of what I would do to eke a living for my young family,” said the eloquent and burly civic leader.

The former Webuye municipal council mayor said he had been recruited as a teacher several years earlier but 8 years into the job his heart never seemed at ease with imparting knowledge to the young ones.

“After quitting in a huff as a teacher, I landed another job in the city but still felt I needed to be closer home which forced me to resign again and head to my Lwandeti home with no slightest idea of
what I was going to do,” he said.

While in the village he successfully tried his hand in farming and that is when he realized that a political bug had bitten him. “

Political Life

I tried my luck during the 1979 general elections as a councilor for the Lwandeti ward  but lost miserably but that did not dampen my spirits,” he said adding that fortunately  parliament was dissolved four years later before the mandatory period elapsed which opened a door for me to try  again in 1983.

The electorate this time round liked my campaign strategy and I was elected on then famous KANU ruling party with a landslide and joined the then Webuye town council.”

Since then I have never looked as I have been elected six times through different political parties and
now I am serving my 28th year as a civic leader,” said Ngome during the interview.

 “In 1988 I was elected the council mayor the position I held from 1988 to 1992,” he added.

Lwandeti ward councilor John Luvisia Ngome in one of the functions in Lugari.

From KANU, he reveals, he moved to FORD Kenya in 1992 to catch up with the then  Wamalwa Kijana associated political euphoria in the area then lastly switched to KADDU during the 2007  last general elections. Starting with a paltry monthly allowance of Sh 2,000 to the current Sh23, 000 and now at 68 years the civic leader has withered myriad political storms.

The councilor who lost his Webuye municipal council mayoral seat this year (2011) reveals that being approachable, down to earth and development focused have remained his strongest secret weapons that have endeared him to his electorate.

 “At times I have to stop my motorcade to listen to my people, other times adjourn important council meetings and even pay them personal visits to condole and celebrate,” he said.

And indeed these attributes are real as during this interview fellow councilors call in unhindered to confer with their former boss.

Occasionally, he dashes out, leaving the writer to handle urgent matters requiring his attention from employees and members of the public outside without much ado.

“These simple virtues have enabled me to remain a float in the turbulent waters of the Kenyan politics,” he said pointing out that last election he tasted the honesty of his voters by declining to seek re election under the flagship of the then very popular parties such as the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and Party Of National Unity (PNU).

 “Nevertheless, the electorate proved me wrong and overwhelmingly elected me through the little known Cyrus Jirongo led party KADDU,” he recalled with a chuckle.

The former webuye mayor John Luvisia Ngome [R] with some councillors and council workers outside the Town Hall.

Recalling his memorable times in politics, the civic leader cites moments he served under the fire spitting hawk eyed then KANU secretary general Burudi Nabwera in Lugari, powerful Bungoma politician and Foreign Affairs Minister Elijah Wasike Mwangale and the colorless Malava MP the late Joshua Angatia.

“In my ward I was answerable to Nabwera and at the council where I served received instructions from Elijah Mwangale,” he said adding that the two leaders were so powerful to the extent that any initiated
programs moved smoothly.

As the first mayor of Webuye then working with the duo was meticulous as they gave each politician space to implement their activities without fear of reprisals and could move mountains while implementing public projects.

 “The only difficult and unpredictable politician I had to contend working with was the Late Joshua Angatia,” recalled Ngome, adding that though the MP also initiated a number of development projects during his tenure.

Ngome noted that several shuffling of his ward affected the initiation of development projects.

“At one time I have operated from Lugari, moved to Malava back to Lugari and then finally to Webuye,” he said adding that the movement created uncertainty and lack of sense of belonging to his electorate.

But despite all this, he said he had managed to initiate several development projects in his ward.

 “I have supervised from scratch the establishment of two secondary schools and three primary schools
in my ward,” he said adding that this had saved majority of students the agony of traveling long distance in search of knowledge.

The former mayor John Ngome in the parlor

During the two tenures I have served as the town’s mayor, Ngome said, many development projects aimed at attracting investors and turning the Webuye municipality into a hub of activities had been initiated.

Noting that it has not been an easy ride to remain at the top as electorate’s expectations at times overwhelm us since they act as a link to honorable members of parliament.

He adds that it calls for patience to be able to serve all your electorate to their satisfaction adding that coupled with the little allowances they receive the task was Herculean.

“Our allowances should be reviewed as a matter of urgency since compared to MP’s who pocket handsome allowances we have remained impoverished despite being grass root leaders,” he observed.

Equally, as legislators, Ngome argues, their allowances should be increased adding that a civic leader’s whole five year salary was equivalent to only a month’s allowance for a parliamentarian.

“Am bitter with our legislators because they have failed to agitate for our welfare following an inherent fear that we shall easily dislodge them if well remunerated,” he moaned.

All the same, he noted, being an ardent farmer has made him augment his little earnings to meet the ever increasing demands from his electorate.

“I grow maize, sugar cane and practice horticulture farming which at the end of the day gives me some tidy earnings,” he boasted.

Asked whether contented with his current position, councilor Ngome chooses to reserve his comments.

“At this moment I reserve my comment, but with the new constitutional dispensation, have chosen to keep my fingers crossed,” he said.

The councilor who has vowed never to quit KADDU says so long as the electorates have faith in you they will always be with you and the can’t leave you just because of the political party you are using to seek their votes,. ‘I believe what matters most is the individuality not political parties,” said the longest serving councilor.

Luhya Unity

On luhya unity the Ngome said since time immemorial luhya leaders have never spoken with one language when it comes to politics therefore it was a big dream for anyone to imagine that the community will ever unite on political ground.

Therefore he said the only on potion was left all those who aspire to vie for presidency to go ahead with their ambitions and whoever the Kenyans will vest their interest will carry the day. He played off claims that some politicians from the region were playing politics spoiling games saying every aspirant
should be left to go ahead with his/her ambition and  thus criticized those who were condemning Lugari Cyrus Jirongo for his bid.

The elderly politician observed that if either the Deputy Premier Musalia Mudavadi or the house speaker Kenneth Marende came out clearly and declared their interest in the top seat they had the potential of
carrying the whole of western votes and other parts of the country and perhaps make it to the statehouse.

Switch to Our Mobile Site



Other Related Stories
Ambassador James Ochami wishes Nominee Ambassador for DRC Dr. George Masafu well
Senior luhyia leaders set to attend Wamalwa Kijana memorial
Commission of Administrative Justice to broaden its base across the Country
Gichangi resigns as Uhuru nominates Dr George Masafu as Ambassador to Kinshasa
Wako endorses Wabukala to lead talks between government and CORD
We support national dialogue - Wabukala
Shock as ADC workers are fed on rejects and carcasses
Bukusu council of elders chairman Henry Wanyonyi laid to rest
The mighty powers of Legio Maria believers’ holy water
President Kenyatta calls for unity among leaders
President Uhuru’s first Bungoma County tour
Survivors of PEV sexual violence still crying for justice
Kenya Human Rights Commission launch 2014-2018 strategic plan
The late Paramount Chief Sudi Namachanja’s memorial held at his Tulumba home in Bumula
How Ugandans are reaping millions from Kenyan forest under the shamba system
Judi Wakhungu appointed to the UNESCO Scientific Advisory Board
The late Wamalwa Kijana memorial
Mary Emaase Otucho, the first female MP in Teso
World war and hunger: Mama Zipporah Masinde’s memories
Tracing the roots of Busia Governor Sospeter Odeke Ojaamong




LATEST NEWS
The weekly western chronicle issue no: 042 exposing crimes in Bungoma
The weekly western chronicle issue no: 041 exposing the new Luhya kingpin
Government and opposition at crossroads in the weekly western chronicle issue no: 040
BUSINESS NEWS
Youths challenged to form groups to benefit from county funds
County governments in crisis over delayed release of funds
Boda boda operators protest against an assistant chief collecting tax in Matete
COUNTY REGIONAL NEWS
Teachers demonstrate against Kanduyi MP in Bungoma
Bungoma County education Chief Officer’s son shot dead
NACADA defends KEBS over killer brew
FUNNY BUT TRUE
Man escapes forced circumcision in Bungoma
A man forced to marry two donkeys after he was caught in a sexual act with the animals
Traditional circumciser dies with knife in hand after circumcising a boy in Bungoma
ENVIRONMENT
Sh. 27 billion lost annually due to poor waste management in Kenya
Construction of sewer plant resumes in Kakamega after ten years of struggle
Sh. 4 million for environmental conservation in Kakamega
MUSIC SPOTLIGHT
Music festivals kick off at St Luke’s Kimilili Boys high school
A Rift Valley based vernacular musician emerges as the highly paid
A class 8 pupil urges parents to nurture talents of their children

WEST DATA - WEATHER
Kapsabet H30° L17°

Nairobi H 26° L13°

Mombasa H34° L25°

Busia H30° L15°

Kitale H25° L11°

Vihiga H30° L17°

Webuye H30° L17°

Kapenguria H27° L13°

Kakamega H30° L17°

Kisumu H30° L17°

Lodwar H33° L26°

Eldoret H25° L11°

Bungoma H30° L17°


West FM Survey


Username:
Password:


More Videos


© Copyright 2014. WestFM. All Rights Reserved.