Wamalwa, Oparanya defend Western agenda; fault Wetangula, Mudavadi’s criticism

Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati, Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba at the meeting

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati, and Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba have defended their continued
working relationship, which they say is aimed at uniting the region and pushing for the its development. Speaking on Saturday when they held a meeting with more than 50 elders at Kitale in Trans Nzoia County, the leaders scoffed at criticism being leveled against them that they have other political intentions, claiming such accusations are misplaced.

Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa said their continued trips in the Western region are not aimed at fueling supremacy wars with other leaders, calling upon ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula to tell locals what they accomplished for the region when they had leadership positions in the national government, other than engaging in propaganda.

CS Wamalwa defended his working relationship with all former Western Province Governors, noting that he has the highest government position of all regional leaders, “I’m the only Cabinet Secretary in Uhuru’s government from Western and North Rift regions, and I understand the secrets of this government,” he said.

His sentiments was supported by Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya who told off Musalia Mudavadi  and Moses Wetangula, saying they have turned out to be persistent complainers, instead of joining them to push for the well being of the community. He said the two leaders want to be Luhya spokespersons yet they lack vision for the Luhya people. “If you want to be the Luhya spokesman you can go ahead and if you want to be a Luhya gatekeeper you can also go ahead,” said Oparanya.

On his part, Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba called upon leaders in the region to plan well for the 2022 general elections. He said they should be a solid unit to make sure they are part of the next government and avoid being left out of leadership positions.