The 14th anniversary of the late Michael Wamalwa Kijana was held at his Kitale home on Wednesday, with several leaders from Western Kenya attending. They included former Bungoma Governor Ken Lusaka, former Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba, MPs elect Didmus Barasa, Dan Wanyama, Ben Washiali, Emmanuel Wangwe among others.
Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa called upon all leaders, those who won and lost, to preach peace and unity all over the country. He promised to work together with all the leaders who were elected in several Counties, including Bungoma, Kakamega, and Busia, saying he will fulfill all the projects that were set out by the President.
CS Wamalwa said the interests of the people of Western Kenya will be catered for by the Jubilee government and assured residents that great things are yet to come.
He thanked the residents in the region for electing many MPs from Jubilee, saying they are now equal partners within the ruling party and they will now solve their issues within the party as equals.
“In Bungoma especially, we have a majority of MPs in the Jubilee party as well as Kakamega. Western is now a Jubilee zone, and we have MPs who will work together to make sure our people benefit from development just as we promised them,” said Wamalwa.
Moreover, the leaders urged NASA leader Raila Odinga to desist from making inflammatory statements and respect the judicial system.
Former Bungoma Governor Ken Lusaka said Raila Odinga should concede, “I contested for the Bungoma Gubernatorial seat but failed and I conceded because Bungoma is bigger than any individual. I urge Raila to accept the decision of the people and stop attacking the courts,” he said.
Kimilili’s Didmus Barasa said that it’s high time leaders preached unity, and they shouldn’t make inflammatory statements that might cause political turmoil. The MP said it is ironical for Raila Odinga to celebrate gubernatorial victories for candidates who are in the NASA coalition, but decide to contest the presidential results yet they are relayed by the same commission.
Former Webuye MP Musikari Kombo also urged Raila to accept the verdict of elections saying the nation is more important than him, adding that the opposition leader risks being labeled undemocratic following his refusal to accept the presidential result.
However, some leaders didn’t turn up for the commemoration, including Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba, Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa, Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula and ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi.