Leaders from Western Kenya allied to the Jubilee Party have asked their National Super Alliance (NASA) colleagues to consider ditching the opposition and work with the government for the sake of unity and development.
Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, his Sports counterpart Rashid Mohhamed, Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka, MPs Bernard Shinali (Ikolomani), Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East) and John Waluke (Sirisia) said the community has greatly benefitted from the Jubilee Administration compared to previous governments.
Speaking during a thanksgiving ceremony following the appointment of Mr Mohammed as Sports Cabinet Secretary, held at Mumias grounds and attended by Deputy President William Ruto, the leaders said the future of the Luhya community in Jubilee was bright.
The leaders said the community has been in the opposition for a long time and has nothing to be proud of in terms of development projects.
They told Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and Busia Senator Amos Wako from the Opposition and who were present to work with Jubilee, saying the party has the interest of the people of Western Kenya at heart.
“It is time our colleagues in the Opposition joined Jubilee and work with the Government for the sake of the future of our community,” said Mr Waluke.
Mr Wako on his part said he was ready to work with Jubilee leaders in addressing the challenges facing the community, urging his colleagues to embrace teamwork and unity.
Mr Wako said: “I am the Senator of Busia County and a member of ODM but am here to tell you we should unite the Luhya people.”
“The Luhya community should work with those who value them like Jubilee,” he added.
Mr Wamalwa told the Luhya community not to sink with the opposition because it has not future.
He said: “I want to urge my brothers Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula to tell their ‘king’ (Raila Odinga) the truth. 2017 elections are over. Let’s focus on the way forward.”
The Deputy President asked leaders from across the political divide to shun 2022 presidential talks and focus on serving Kenyans.
He said: “I Thank Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya for admitting elections are over. In Kakamega County we do not have any other Governor, we recognize Mr Oparanya and will work with him.”
Mr Ruto said Jubilee administration is keen on working with all elected leaders.
Mr Ruto said Kenyans must be given a break to develop their country by engaging in business and other issues that can uplift their lives.
Mr Lusaka, Mr Wamalwa and the MPs thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta for appointing Mr Mohammed as the Cabinet Secretary for Sports and Cultural Heritage.
Mr Mohammed thanked the President for the appointment and asked the Luhya community to unite and work with the Jubilee administration.
He said: “I thank President Kenyatta for selecting me from over 45 million Kenyans to serve in his cabinet.”
Mr Washiali told off MPs accusing President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Deputy President of allegedly influencing the court to nullify their elections.
He reminded them that the same courts nullified the election win of President Kenyatta, saying the Judiciary was an independent institution.
Mr Washiali said: “The Judiciary is an independent body which should be left to continue operating independently,” said Mr Washiali.
Majority leader Adan Duale urged Nasa leader Raila Odinga to support Mr Ruto for the top seat when President Uhuru Kenyatta’s term comes to an end in 2022.
He said Mr Raila was indebted to Mr Ruto as he supported him to become the Prime Minister during the Grand Coalition government.
He said: ” I am optimistic that Mr Raila will support Ruto because he owes us. We supported him in 2007 to become the Prime Minister.”