In an incredible turn of events that has unfolded in only five months since the general election was concluded, hardliner camps within the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Alliance Coalition Party which were the most fierce critics of the then Deputy President William Ruto are now turning against each other in a desperate effort to get his attention.
Kenya African National Union (KANU) Political Affairs Director Fred Okang’o, who also hails from Homa Bay was speaking while making an appearance on Radio Jambo’s political show Mazungumzo Wazi Wazi which was hosted by the station’s presenter Bramwell Mwololo. Alongside him in the studio were self-confessed Hustler Movement spokesperson Gerald Bitok and Amani National Congress party Nairobi Chapter Chairman Brian Mulama. Lawyer and activist Brian Weke was also in on the action.
Okang’o belittled Atwoli’s recent efforts of making forays into the Kenya Kwanza Alliance, declaring that Ruto and Raila share a much stronger bond, and if Atwoli thinks he can hog a relationship with the president then he will be shocked to know that Raila’s entry in the picture can easily displace him.
President William Ruto held two closed-door meetings with elected leaders from Kisumu and Migori counties at the Kisumu state lodge after his Homa Bay tour.
The agenda of the meeting was development plans for Nyanza region.
Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o and his Migori counterpart, Ochilo Ayako, were present.
According to a legislator who attended the meeting and sought anonymity, the President called for a cordial working relationship with his government for the benefit of citizens.
Kisumu leaders led by Nyong’o, Senator Tom Ojienda, MPs Jared Okello (Nyando), Shakeel Shabbir (Kisumu East), Joshua Oron (Kisumu Central), Onyango Koyoo (Muhoroni), Dr James Nyikal (Seme) presented to the President a list of development projects they want completed.
The leaders listed the Kisumu-Kakamega-Mamboleo-Miwani road project which has stalled and called for Ruto’s intervention to have it completed to boost transport activities with neighbouring counties, including Nandi.
Only Kisumu West MP Roza Akinyi Buyu and Nyakach Mp Aduma Awuor were absent from the night meeting, while from Migori, only Suna East MP Junet Mohammed and Suna West MP Francis Masara were absent.
The leaders also mentioned the Ahero bypass, which is still under construction, rice farming projects, the revival of state-owned sugar mills to boost cane farming, the Koru Soin multipurpose dam and the issue of insecurity also arose in the meeting.
President Ruto is said to have acknowledged the area’s affinity towards ODM leader Raila Odinga, but called on the leaders to forge ahead devoid of politics and support the government in delivering promises made to Kenyans.
The meeting which was attended by the Deputy President Rigathi Gachagau, Interior PS Raymond Omollo and also Trade PS Alfed Kombudo agreed that there shall be constant meetings with the leaders on development plans and that PS Omollo will be the link between the leaders and various government departments.
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