Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi yesterday held a meeting with 35 MPs from Western Kenya in a bid to consolidate the region after an election which saw it split into factions that support President William Ruto and Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga.
The meeting held in Nairobi experienced the heavy presence of key Raila Odinga’s supporters such as Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi and Butere MP Tindi Mwale.
Butere MP Tindi Mwale, one of the 35 MPs, dismissed that the meeting was political and said it featured talks of reviving economic giants for development in the region.
“Lets not be people who always politicize everything. Let’s work for our people because if you say that I am in Azimio and politics ended and now we are focusing on service delivery to our people. If I refuse to look for development you see, my people will suffer,” Mwale said.
Wetlands MP Tim Wanyonyi said the meeting meant good for the Luhya people and applauded Mudavadi for bringing them together.
“Is there anything wrong with Mudavadi consolidating the region? Every politician has an ambition and if he wants to consolidate his region, that is where it begins. Politics is local and if Musalia moves in that direction, we will support him,” he said.
The sentiments were echoed by Lurambi MP Titus Khamala, who said leaders must learn how to work with President William Ruto.
“This is an eye-opener that we are ready to walk together irrespective of our political background. We want to concentrate on delivering to our people and you realize that President William Ruto is our president and we can’t leave in denial. We must find a way of working with them,” Khamala said.
Leaders who did not attend the meeting, such as Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna, said Mudavadi’s exercise to consolidate the region was futile.
“I did not attend, Musalia has no base to consolidate but he is free to have tea with his kinsmen,” he said.
Vihiga Senator Godfrey Osotsi dismissed that the meeting was geared towards development.
On his part, Osotsi dismissed the notion that the Mudavadi led meeting was aimed ensuring service delivery in Western region terming it ‘unproductive’.
“I have no comment. I didn’t attend. I had very important engagements in Parliament as the chair of CPIC. I also do not want to be part of an agenda whose end game is potentially divisive and unproductive,” Osotsi said.
Mudavadi tweeted: “We discussed and agreed on unity of purpose by leaders, and the sharing of national resources for the region’s social-economy development.”