'Mulembe nation has been fooled long enough!' MP Wamalwa says on Mudavadi pact with DP Ruto
Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi’s decision to join Deputy President William Ruto in the race to State House was informed by the State’s inability to keep past promises it made to the Western region, Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa now says.
This comes after Mudavadi, during ANC’s National Delegates Conference held at the Bomas of Kenya on Sunday, joined forces with DP Ruto, in a move that left his presidential bid up in the air.
Mudavadi’s camp would however on Monday announce that the ANC leader had not abandoned his presidential bid despite his coming together with DP Ruto.
According to Wamalwa, the Western region’s development agenda has not been given any priority by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration during his tenure as Head of State and this spurred Mudavadi to forge political relationships he feels will benefit Western Kenya.
“The Mulembe nation has been fooled enough and they have decided to look for friends who are trustworthy, who can be able to improve the welfare of the people,” Wamalwa said.
The Kiminini MP was speaking as part of a panel interview on Citizen TV’s NewsNight show on Tuesday.
Wamalwa continued on to say that Western Kenya’s fortunes did not change even after the ‘handshake’ between President Kenyatta and former premier Raila Odinga, despite Mudavadi and Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetangula supporting the ODM leader during the 2017 polls.
“The Jubilee government has never done anything. At the moment, we have the handshake; Mudavadi and Wetangula were together with Raila in NASA but this was not a trusted friend. The little goodies that Raila managed to get from the handshake went to Nyanza region and the Western region never benefitted,” Wamalwa added.
To further add on to his argument, Wamalwa highlighted how the Western Kenya region was well represented in past governments under former presidents Mwai Kibaki and the late Daniel arap Moi, unlike currently where only one Cabinet Secretary, Eugene Wamalwa, hails from the region.
The Kiminini MP’s sentiments were preceded by those of his Lugari counterpart Ayub Savula who downplayed rumours that a section of Luhya leaders, to which Savula was a part of, visited President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday to discuss the aftermath of Mudavadi’s decision to side with DP Ruto.
According to Savula, the Luhya leaders only went to State House to urge the Head of State to ensure that stalled projects in the Western Kenya are completed before his exit from State House.
His views were however quickly dismissed by Wamalwa who underscored that it was not practical to discuss such matters with President Kenyatta given his imminent exit from office.
“You are going to ask for development when somebody was exiting. Where were you when President Uhuru Kenyatta was starting his second term? If at all this meeting was genuine, that was the time you should have gone to State House and said you want the developments,” Wamalwa said.
“And now during the election period, you are running to State House for meetings in pretense of saying that they went to look for development when there is no time for President Uhuru.”