Lugari MP Ayub Savula has defended the purpose of the Kajiado meeting that brought together leaders from Western Kenya at the home of COTU boss Francis Atwoli. Speaking at the burial of his late father Mzee Arthur Simon Angatia, Savula said the meeting was meant to discuss development and also discuss how to put Luhya leaders in parliament positions.
He said development can be advanced if the one who has the power to sign off budgets is talked to “In Lugari, the Turbo-Sikhendu road was only allocated Kshs 50 million and the cost of the road is Kshs 2.5 billion so they need to increase the budget allocation,” he said, adding that one can only increase the budget allocation if they are negotiating with President Uhuru Kenyatta who signs the warrant of expenditure, “If you are abusing him, how will he sign the warrant of expenditure including your budget?”
He said Luhya positions in parliament was also discussed, given that they knew Mumias East MP Ben Washiali was going to lose his majority whip position. They agreed that the position be given to Navakholo MP Emmanuel Wangwe, instead of losing the seat entirely, “If we don’t coalesce together as Luhyas, Washiali would have lost the seat and it would’ve gone to Mt Kenya…. And we would have just continued bickering here and there,” said Savula.
The MP urged ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi to reach out to Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa, citing that he also reaches out to MCAs in his constituency even if they may have different ideas, “Musalia is the senior politician.”