Western MPs call for unity ahead of Uhuru visit
Wednesday, July 28th, 2021 10:39 | 2 mins read
Western Kenya Members of Parliament (MP)s are calling for unity ahead of the Head of State visit to Western Kenya counties.
The visit by the President is to inspect the National Government projects within the region and try to revive key development sectors.
Speaking to the press at the Nzoia Sugar Company Guest House, Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi, urged Western Kenya leaders to unite and speak with one voice.
They appealed to President Kenyatta to inject some cash into Nzoia Sugar Company in Bungoma County and Mumias Sugar Company in Kakamega County to revamp the economic wellbeing of the two counties.
Wamunyinyi said injecting funds into the cash strapped companies will enable cane farmers to be paid their dues and also worker's salary is catered for.
“Recently we have experienced frequent strikes at the Nzoia Sugar Company and I am hoping that the President’s visit will give a lasting solution to this menace,” he added.
He slammed Bungoma Senator, Moses Wetang’ula, for playing divisive politics in the region thus derailing development agenda.
Wamunyinyi added that the recent attacks on Bungoma Governor by Senator Wetang’ula, have interfered with development the County and as leaders “we are calling on him to wait until 2022 to continue with his politics”.
He continued: “We cannot allow one person to disturb the County leadership by dividing County Assembly members, let him give time for Governor Wycliffe Wangamati’s leadership to deliver,” he said.
Wetang’ula has been having a frosty relationship with Governor Wangamati and his Trans-Nzoia counterpart on party leadership.
In Bungoma County, Senator Wetang’ula is drumming up support for Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka for the gubernatorial seat while in Trans-Nzoia he has anointed Dr. Chris Wamalwa to take over from Governor Khaemba.
On his part, Wangamati said the President’s visit will be of great importance as he has agreed to revive key sectors of the economy of the region.
Nzoia Sugar Company Managing Director (MD), Dr. Chrispine Ogutu Omondi, said that the Company is supporting four schools hence the need for financial support to avert closure.