Senator Khalwale tells Mudavadi to ditch Amani Coalition and join CORD
Published on: November 09, 2015 08:26 (EAT)
Kakamega Senator Dr. Bonny Khalwale has challenged Luhya leaders to join the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) in a bid to consolidate more votes in the 2017 General Elections and oust the Jubilee administration from power. Khalwale specifically challenged the Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa to support CORD saying it is the only coalition that will bring the desired changes to the country. The outspoken Senator said it is the high time Kenyans accepted the fact that the Jubilee administration is made up of corrupt and selfish leaders who do not have the interests of Kenyans at heart. He said there is a need to remove President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Samoei Ruto from office through the ballot come 2017, adding that this can only be possible if all opposition leaders were united. Dr. Khalwale said time has come for the Luhya leaders to put aside their differences and unite with a common agenda of ensuring better lives for Kenyans. Speaking in Busia town during a prayer rally for embattled Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula, who risks losing his seat over alleged electoral malpractices, Khalwale said the unity of the Luhya leaders will go a long way in addressing economic inequalities in the country and speeding up development programmes. His sentiments were echoed by Senator Wetangula who said that President Kenyatta and his deputy have been unable to move the country forward. Wetangula said there was a ploy by the government to clip the opposition’s powers by ensuring that he lost his seat and therefore the three CORD principals will not be represented in the National Assembly or Parliament. He warned that Jubilee was making a grave-mistake by planning his ejection from the Senate and possible removal from the voter register. Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong said the Luhya community will remain united but will not, at any particular moment, be convinced to join hands with Jubilee. He said the high levels of inequalities in terms of resources and positions allocations by the Kenyatta-Ruto regime are a clear indication that their (Luhyas’) support is unnecessary. But will Wamalwa ditch the Jubilee government, which has appointed him a Cabinet Secretary, to join the opposition? And will Musalia Mudavadi abandon his ambition to become Kenya’s next President to support CORD?