On Tuesday, January 25, President Uhuru Kenyatta hosted leaders from Western Kenya at the State House. The move may be seen as a way to counter the influence of Ruto, the DP.
Mr. President met with a delegation from Western Kenya, led by Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, who highlighted the many development projects underway in their area.
He assured the leaders of the government’s commitment to ensure all ongoing development projects in the region are completed as scheduled.
During the meeting attended by CS Wamalwa and Governors Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega), Wycliffe Wafula Wangamati (Bungoma), Wilbur Ottichillo (Vihiga) and Sospeter Ojaamong (Busia), the leaders thanked the President for his commitment to the region.
Thanks were expressed to the President for the many development projects, which they noted had transformed lives and improved well-being in Western Kenya.
“The leaders particularly thanked President Kenyatta for his timely intervention that led to the de-gazettement of Chetambe Hills as a national forest reserve,” a statement by State House Spokesperson, Kanze Dena, read in part.
“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.”
Political pundits opine that the meeting was a move by Uhuru to mobilize the leaders to support the Azimio La Umoja movement following the alliance between Mudavadi and DP Ruto.
After Mudavadi and Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetangula agreed to work with the Deputy President, the trio announced joint campaigns which will kick off in Nakuru.