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Spill the beans on Azimio deal, duo taunts CS

Thursday, May 26th, 2022 01:51 | By
Defense CS Eugene Wamalwa. Photo/PD/FILE
Defense CS Eugene Wamalwa. Photo/PD/FILE

Kenya Kwanza principals have asked Defence Cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa to disclose what they had been offered in Azimio la Umoja coalition.

Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula and his ANC Musalia Mudavadi told Wamalwa — who is the patron of the DAP-K party — to tell the Luhya community what Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga will offer.

 They asked him to stop criticising what they had agreed with Ruto yet he had failed to disclose theirs.

Speaking in Sirisia during their rallies in Bungoma county, the duo said they had been offered 30 per cent share of government in Kenya Kwanza, unlike in Azimio which had offered the Luhya community ministerial jobs and Senate Speaker post with no written pact.

“Our agreement is with the Registrar of Political Parties”, said Wetang’ula.

He argued that leaders from the region supporting Raila were celebrating over two positions which were previously held by people from the community.

“If it’s Finance minister, Musalia held that docket; and Senate speaker, it is with Kenneth Lusaka who is here. So what is new that Raila is giving the Luyha nation?” posed Wetang’ula.

Musalia said his unity with Wetang’ula had locked out Azimio from western region.

“By coming together we have fulfilled the late vice president Wamalwa Kijana’s dreams of uniting the community. Nobody will penetrate western region without our consent,” he said.

Reacting a day after the police announced that they were looking for Kimilili MP Didmas Barasa on claims of using CDF vehicles for his campaigns, the leaders  vowed to resist any intimidation targeting the alliance.

 leaders.

“Ours is to see our community get also national cake but not to award few individuals with jobs”said Wetangula.

 They said their interest in  Kenya Kwanza is not about sharing government positions but to ensure that many of the community people benefits.

“I dont want to be a cabinet secretary what I want is to continue being your senator so that those jobs are given to my community members.

Musalia said his unity with Wetangula had locked out Azimio from western region.

“By coming together we have fulfilled the late vice president Wamalwa Kijana’s dreams of uniting the community and nobody will now penetrate western region without our consent,” he said.

Reacting a day after the police announced that they were looking for the Kimilili MP Didmas Barasa on claims of using CDF vehicles for his campaigns, the leaders vowed to resist any intimidation threats targeting the alliance leaders.

Mudavadi asked the Government to first withdraw State vehicles allegedly assigned to

Raila Odinga.

At the same time, Mudavadi called on the Government to stop using its security administration to harass members of the alliance.

 “The Government should stop the intimidation tactics it’s trying to use on our leaders and top party officials,” he said.

Mudavadi noted that the interests of the Luhya community were safe under the alliance.

The ANC leader noted that in the spirit of transparency and accountability, the alliance had made public it’s signed agreement between its three major political parties.

Mudavadi noted that in the Azimio coalition, the Luhya community is not represented on the ‘cake sharing table’ and asked the people to demand to be told what is in store for the region.

“People are saying that the community cannot deliver even 70 per cent of the votes to the Kenya Kwanza, but I want to tell them that in 2007 and 2017 we delivered over 90 per cent to Raila. We are going to deliver over 90 per cent of the Mulembe vote to Kenya Kwanza,” he said.

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