Neutralising Raila? Inside Mudavadi's plan to capture vote-rich region

for Tv47 Digital November 24, 2022, 10:40 AM
Musalia Mudavadi meets Western MPs
Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi when he met Western Region parliamentarians from across the political divide on November 23, 2022. PHOTO/COURTESY

In Summary

  • The MPs led by the Western Region MPs Caucus Chairman Sirisia MP John Waluke met Mudavadi in a breakfast meeting and expressed their commitment to the unity of the region.

    • The leaders drawn from across the political divide and the five counties of Vihiga, Kakamega, Busia, Bungoma and Trans Nzoia as well as those from Nairobi emphasized on the need to unite and together champion the interests of Western Region.

    Parliamentarians from the western region on Wednesday, November 23 met with Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi where they resolved to work together for the development of the region.

    The MPs led by the Western Region MPs Caucus Chairman Sirisia MP John Waluke met Mudavadi in a breakfast meeting and expressed their commitment to the unity of the region.

    The leaders drawn from across the political divide and the five counties of Vihiga, Kakamega, Busia, Bungoma and Trans Nzoia as well as those from Nairobi emphasized on the need to unite and together champion the interests of the region.

    The leaders resolved to henceforth work together and consult each other in matters beneficial to the region.

    Mudavadi: Let's work together

    Mudavadi also used the meeting to urge them the leaders to put aside their political differences and forge a united working relationship that is beneficial to the people of western Kenya.

    “Elections are over and it’s time to heal, and hug each other and say ‘sorry it was just elections’ and move on for the sake of development of our communities. I, therefore, cannot overemphasize the need to work together, even if we don’t like each other,” said Mudavadi

    Noting that the last election tried to cut the ethnic barriers that have been experienced in the past, the Prime CS urged the leaders to prioritize the interest of the region and approach issues affecting the people from a united front.

    “I want us to start talking and engaging each other from all fronts. I want you to know that I am free and available for you. As we said during the campaigns, this is an open Government and as such, let us be free with each other,” he told the legislators.

    The meeting, a first in a series of others to come, took a glimpse on the development projects that need the urgent attention of the government that include the revival of the sugar sector starting with the collapsed Mumias Sugar Factory and struggling Nzoia Sugar Factory.

    Mudavadi called on the leaders to take stock of the audited projects and compare with what is on the ground to ascertain their existence.

    “There are instances where what is in paper is not on the ground. Projects are filed as to have been completed but in reality, money has been swindled and there no projects. Such are the issues that you need to bring to our attention,” he said.

    Raila's influence

    Western region has always approached general elections as a divided block that leans towards Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga.

    In the just concluded August 9 2022 General Election, Raila was able to get more than 60% of the votes cast in the region, despite a concerted effort by President William Ruto to recruit Mudavadi and Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetangula.

    Raila's influence in the region not withstanding, Ruto managed to eat into a big chunk of the votes from the Mulembe Nation in the concluded elections.

    Among those who attended the meeting include Senators Bonnie Khalwale, Okiya Omtatah, Allan Chesang’, MPs Innocent Mugabe, Didmus Barasa, Beatrice Elachi, Omboko Milemba, Malulu Injendi, Mary Emaase, Elsie Muhanda, Bernard Shinali and Beatrice Adagala.

    Also present were Mps Kivai Kagesi, Ferdinand Wanyonyi, Christopher Aseka, Tindi Mwale, Titus Khamala, Martin Pepele, Dick Maungu, Kakai Bisau, Clement Sloya, Patrick Simiyu, Peter Salasya, Lillian Siyoi, Dan Wanyama, Caleb Amisi, Charles Gimose, Emmanuel Wangwe, Godfrey Odanga and Tim Wanyonyi of Westlands, Nairobi.

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