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“Raila remains the Western kingpin for me, but…”; Sifuna’s mixed signals about Mudavadi’s meeting confounds both friend and foe

by Joshua Wanga
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As Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi’s mid-week meeting with Luhya leaders continues to send seismic waves across the political divide, the Orange Democratic Movement party Secretary General Edwin Sifuna’s statement on the entire issue has left more people uncertain over what’s going on.

The 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 revealed that he had it on good authority, none of the issues discussed touched on Musalia Mudavadi as the undisputed Luhya kingpin. He said that all which was discussed pertained to the development of Western Kenya, and how the region’s leadership could come together to make this work. Sifuna reiterated his loyalty to Raila saying that he remains the Western kingpin for him, but wondered why a meeting of Luhya leaders is always treated with mistrust.

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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