DP Ruto allies in Western insist they’ll continue meetings aimed at uniting counterparts

From left: Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa, Malava MP Malulu Injendi and Webuye West MP Dan Wanyama at the meeting

More than 5 MPs from Western region allied to the tanga tanga Jubilee movement have drummed up support for Deputy President William Ruto when they met a section of Bungoma MCAs drawn from different parties in bid to build a strong base for 2022 elections. More than 20 MCAs from Ford Kenya, Wiper and Jubilee were hosted by Webuye West MP Dan Wanyama who said that the region has supported ODM leader Raila Odinga for a long time without any successful development and it’s better if another candidate was supported, with DP Ruto in mind.

Wanyama added that Raila has misused the Mulembe people for a long time, and ends up dumping them when he attains his goals. “We voted for the NASA coalition and thought we will make the government but we didn’t succeed. After the handshake we haven’t seen any appointments extended to us…How far are we going to be sued and dumped when serious negotiations are put on the table?”

Wanyama added that no single tribe can rule this country on its own and partnerships must be formulated, and he urged Western leaders to stop fence sitting and join DP Ruto. Former chief whip in the national assembly and Mumias East MP Benjamin Washiali faulted the assembly’s leadership and took issue with ODM, saying the party wants to chair two powerful committees which is against the law. He said that if they want to chair PIC and PAC then they have to relinquish the chairmanship of the Justice and Legal Affairs committee, adding that it’s a plot to amend some constitutional clauses that will burden the common mwananchi.

Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa accused the government of using the Coronavirus to advance its agenda, by allowing the pro government leaders to move around and host several political meetings without observing the Covid-19 directives. He said leaders allied to the Deputy President on the other hand are harassed when they try to meet, affirming that it won’t deter hem from meeting.

The sentiments were echoed by Bumula MP Mwambu Mabonga, his Malava counterpart Malulu Injendi and former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale who said they will continue holding meetings with leaders from the Western region to make sure they walk together and make sure they are part of the next government led by DP Ruto.