In a span of days, the Orange Democratic Movement has undergone a rollercoaster ride of sorts, from former Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya’s unequivocal statement to Musalia Mudavadi’s loaded meeting with Luhya leaders. Now, the situation just got more complicated following the latest development.
Orange Democratic Movement party Secretary General and Nairobi senator Edwin Sifuna was speaking while making an appearance on Citizen TV’s morning show Daybreak. Alongside Sifuna in the studio were Kiambu County governor Kimani Wamatangi and South Mugirango member of parliament Sylvanus Osoro.
Sifuna said he was ready to vouch for the ODM members from Western who attended the Musalia meeting, asserting that it is unfair how any meeting involving Luhya brethren is always met with suspicion and speculation.
Western MPs from across the political divide met Prime Cabinet Minister Musalia Mudavadi and they resolved to work together for development of the region.
The lawmakers led by Western Region MPs Caucus Chairman Sirisia MP John Waluke committed to uniting the region.
The leaders drawn from Vihiga, Kakamega, Busia, Bungoma, Trans Nzoia, and Nairobi counties promised to champion the interests of the region.
They apparently resolved to work together under the leadership of the Prime Cabinet Secretary and National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang’ula. Wetang’ula who did not attend the meeting sent an apology.
Mudavadi also used the meeting to congratulate the leaders on their election and urged them to put aside their political differences and forge a working relationship that is beneficial to the people of Western.
“If I stepped on you, forgive me. It has been a game of politics but it’s time we all now put that behind us and forge a united team,” he said.
“Elections are over and it’s time to heal, and hug each other and say ‘sorry it was just elections’ and move on for the sake of development of our communities. I, therefore, cannot overemphasize the need to work together, even if we don’t like each other,” he added.
The Prime Cabinet Secretary urged the leaders to approach issues affecting the people from a united front.
“I want us to start talking and engaging each other from all fronts. I want you to know that I am free and available for you. As we said during the campaigns, this is an open Government and as such, let us be free with each other,” he said.
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