President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday afternoon at State House in Nairobi drummed up support for Azimio Movement leader Raila Odinga while meeting leaders and senior government officials from the Western Kenya region who had paid him a visit.
Addressing the delegation comprising Defence Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa and Governors Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega), Wycliffe Wangamati (Bungoma), Wilbur Ottichillo (Vihiga), and Sospeter Ojaamong (Busia) as well as Senators and MPs, the Head of State said Mr. Odinga was the country’s best once his term ends in August and he also promised to try and persuade ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi plus his Ford-Kenya counterpart Moses Wetangula to close the ranks with the former prime minister so they can work together again in the upcoming polls.
Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, also the ODM Party deputy leader in a tweet confirmed they had discussed with the Head of State politics of the region, apart from assuring him (Uhuru) of their support in his agenda of uniting Kenyans.
Also at the meeting, President Uhuru assured the leaders, drawn from the five Western Kenya Counties of Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia, Trans-Nzoia, and Vihiga, of this government’s commitment to ensure all ongoing development projects in the populous region are completed as scheduled.
The Western Kenyan leaders on the other hand thanked President Uhuru for the various development projects which they said had transformed the lives and wellbeing of their people in Western Kenya.
”The leaders particularly thanked President Kenyatta for his timely intervention that led to the degazettement of Chetambe Hills as a national forest reserve. The enforcement of the July 2021 gazettement of the heavily-settled 406-acres of land would have led to the displacement of over 10,000 residents of Maraka and Mihuu Wards in Webuye East Constituency, Bungoma County,” a statement by Kanze Dena, State House spokesperson reads in part.
The meeting comes just 48 hours after ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi entered into a pact with UDA leader William Ruto and has vowed to start conducting joint rallies with the DP across the republic, starting Nakuru today, Wednesday 26th.