Lake Region Economic Bloc CEO resigns


Lake Region Economic Bloc CEO resigns
File image of Abala Wanga. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • Abala Wanga, who has been the acting CEO of the body bringing together 14 counties in western Kenya, said his resignation takes effect on Friday, August 16.
  • Wanga said he had deep consultations with the LREB chairman Governor Wicliffe Oparanya and reached a mutual agreement to quit.
  • Sources indicate that Wanga was prevailed upon to resign following a criminal court case from 2014 in which a Kiambu court convicted him early this month.
Lake Region Economic Bloc Chief Executive Officer Abala Wanga has resigned.

Abala Wanga, who has been the acting CEO of the body bringing together 14 counties in western Kenya, said his resignation takes effect on Friday, August 16.

Wanga said he had deep consultations with the LREB chairman Governor Wicliffe Oparanya and reached a mutual agreement to quit.

Speaking to Ramogi FM, Wanga, however, did not disclose the reason for his resignation but said he will be engaging in other personal duties.

However, sources indicate that Wanga was prevailed upon to resign following a criminal court case from 2014 in which a Kiambu court convicted him early this month.

The court matter is believed to have occasioned the move since he could no longer have the moral standing at the bloc, especially in the eye of donors like the Ford Foundation that funds most of the LREB activities.

Wanga will be remembered for steering the counties in the bloc to sign the LREB bill into law, with eight counties having signed it so far.

He also spearheaded the idea of setting up an LREB bank, a plan that seems to have hit a brick wall with reservations from the National Treasury and Central Bank despite counties having allocated Ksh.200 million annually to the kitty.

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