Kakamega opposition leaders dismiss plan to join ruling Kenya Kwanza
A section of leaders from Kakamega County allied to Azimio La Umoja-One Kenya Coalition Party yesterday dismissed reports they were planning to join Kenya Kwanza.
Governor Fernandes Barasa, his deputy Ayub Savula and MPs Benard Shinali of Ikolomani and Titus Khamala of Lurambi defended their meetings with President William Ruto and Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi.
They said the meetings were purely developmental and for the good of the residents of the County.
“As you know, we have the national and county governments which are supposed to cooperate and collaborate on a lot of developmental issues,” said Barasa.
“Thus, we can not, as a county administration, distance ourselves from the national government if we expect to benefit from the national cake. That was the main agenda of my recent meeting with Hon Mudavadi,” he added.
Barasa said he did not want Kakamega to miss out on fruits from the national government even after overwhelmingly voting for the then Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga in the last elections.
He said the fact that both Mudavadi and Speaker of the National Assembly Moses Wetang’ula hail from outside the county necessitated collaborations that would see Kakamega also benefitting from what is allocated to the Western region.