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Prime Minister Raila Odinga consulting with the Wildlife Minister Dr Noah Wekesa at Ndalu of Bungoma North District during the burial of the late Nzoia County Council chairman Samson Bunyasi. Photo/ Leonard Wamalwa.
Prime Minister Raila Odinga has been dared to table in parliament a motion to remove the Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi as his deputy.
The Ikolomani legislator Dr. Bonny Khalwale told the PM not to pressurize Musalia to drop the position as he had already relinquished what he had already.
Khalwale further told the PM not to engage in war of politics, but to wait for him at the ballot now that he was out of the Orange party.
Kwalwale was speaking at the burial of Mzee Jason omwera, the father of Nairobi Mayor George Aladwa at Isitzi Village, Isava location in Sabatia on Saturday.
However, the Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi told reporters in Ndalu that he cannot relinquish the DPM slot as it was realized through the National Peace Accord noting that he played a crucial role in the Serena talks that led to national reconciliation which he said was still needed in the county.
Musalia further told the mourners that his new party which is expected to hold its major rally at Afraha Stadium on Sunday in Nakuru, is putting in place measures to fast track popularizing it.
The DPM Musalia Mudavadi together with Shinyalu mp Kizito Mugali at Ndalu.
He further, said he will champion for dialogue with fellow Luhya leaders to attain unity while insisting that he was firmly in the race and he would not relent in his efforts to enter State house.
Earlier, at Ndalu in Bungoma North District, during the burial of the late Nzoia County Council chairman Samson Wasike Bunyasi, challenged politicians defecting from parties that sponsored them to parliament to go back to the electorate and seek fresh mandate.
The PM said this while re-counting how at one time he defected from Ford Kenya to LDP, he had to seek fresh mandate from voters in his Langata constituency.
At the same time he urged the electorate to vote-in reform minded leaders who will keep the Kenyan dream of a prosperous country as coined by the founding fathers, alive.
Mr.Odinga noted that the coming polls will mark a decisive moment for the country especially with the rolling out of the County governments charged with utilization of financial resources at the grassroots.
He said the election will be a contest between reform minded leaders and those keen on maintaining the status quo.
“Kenya has lagged behind for long due to poor leadership. The coming polls will be a defining moment which you must not squander but must use wisely to put in positions of leadership individuals with reform credentials,” he said.
However, he noted that there are no permanent enemies or friends in politics where people differ and come together at some time.
Pm noted that Kenyans will realize fruits and should vet properly the leaders to be elected in elections urging Kenyans to shun tribalism and not to elect tribal leaders but nationalists.
At the same event, the Lugari Mp Cyrus Jirongo urged Luhya aspirants to stop despising each other but unite and join national parties. However, the MP Wakoli Bifwoli opposed former Kimilili mp Mukhisa kituyi’s proposal for the for Luhya community to support Mudavadi and the central Kenya aspirants noting that they do not vote for other communities.
At same time Wakoli dismissed the PM’s pledge to have roads build in area saying it is political gimmick since no projects have been done since 2007 after the Premier directed the Roads Minister Franklin Bett to initiate the construction of a tarmac road in Kimilili constituency and to complete the stalled Mitume Bridge in Kitale.
Minister Noah Wekesa said that he is ready to bring together all Luhya presidential candidates from different political parties to forge a common course and work with other likeminded parties for the sake of unity in the country.
Wekesa noted the Prime Minister has been a reforms champion long and should be at the forefront to ensure the implementation of the new constitution remains on cause.
However, Budalangi mp Ababu Namwamba scolded Khalwale in Vihiga County saying he should not threaten the PM saying he was misleading Musalia whereas, the Roads minister Frankline Bett implored the DPM to return back to the Orange party as their goal had not been attained.
As he spoke, Khalwale was cut short when the PM's Security withdraw the microphone from him after he directed the PM to sack the Medical Services Minister Prof. Anyang Nyong'o from swindle the tax payers money through the NHIF Scandal.
Subsequently, the Central Organization Trade Union - COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli asked the PM to intervene in the NHIF Saga to save poor Kenyans from losing their hard earned Money.
Atwoli further urged Kenyans not to fight over political parties, but to preach peace as they head to the polls.
Speaking at the venue was the Lands minister James Orengo, Youth and Sports minister Dr. Paul Otuoma, the Emuhaya mp Wilbur Otichillo, Assistant minister Elizabeth Ongoro and Migori MP John Pesa who were received with chants of "UDF" from some mourners while others chanted "ODM".
Busia Civic leaders ditch ODM for UDFP
Elsewhere, more than six civic leaders from the Busia Municipal Council ditched the ODM party Friday to join the United Democratic Front Party in support of Mudavadi’s bid.
The leaders said they were out for change dismissing claims by some Busia County leaders that it is an Orange zone.
Speaking to journalists in Busia town, the leaders led by the former Busia Mayor John Wambaha and the ODM Organizing secretary Nambale David Ogeya, said they opted to join the UDFP to back Mudavadi’s bid to presidency.
They termed Mudavadi as a national leader who has the required leadership credentials and better plans for the development of the country to take over after presidents Mwai Kibaki.
“He is a leader accepted across the entire country and the only one whom we can bank our hopes on to bring all Kenyans together besides addressing issues affecting Kenyans,” said Wambaha.
He urged leaders in the region to seize from misadvising Kenyans that Mudavadi is not popular in his western back yard, adding that those leaders against him will face a strong wind in the next General Election as they are doomed to fail.
Ogeya said Mudavadi has almost 90 per cent of the electorate in the rural areas of Busia County hence ODM leaders from the County should avoid misleading Kenyans that Busia is an ODM zone.
“We are the leaders from the grass root and what we know is that Busia is swiftly growing behind Mudavadi and his political party UDFP,” he said.
They however, advised Mudavadi to consolidate support from other regions to maximize his vote hunt as they undertake the ground work for him in Busia County.
Stories contributed by: Leonard Wamalwa, Cotron Alumasa, John Kabaka, Shillah Mwadosho, Joseph Manyasa and Frankline Bwire.
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