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Eugene’s appointment can’t lure Luhya vote

21 April 2015, 09:16 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – A section of Luhya MPs from Trans-Nzoia County have said President Uhuru Kenyatta’s appointment of New Ford Kenya (NFK) party chairman, Eugene Wamalwa in his cabinet cannot lure the community’s vote ahead of 2017 general elections.

Chris Wamalwa (Kiminini) who led four other MPs at a press conference, said the Eugene’s appointment as Cabinet Secretary for Water and Irrigation is due to the western leadership continued criticism of the Jubilee Government’s discrimination against the region in public appointments.

“We laud the President for appointment of Eugene Wamalwa. However, the Luhya community is not stupid and cannot be taken for granted by being lured by such appointment for votes,” warned Wamalwa.

He maintained that since the times of the retired President Daniel Arap Moi, western region voters have not been easily lured and swayed by such public appointments.

“Moi at one time thought that the appointment of Musalia Mudavadi as his Vice President would be winning the western votes but that did not work. Eugene has only been appointed to serve as a national leader and cannot change politics of the region,” said Wamalwa.

He asked Eugene to hand over his party chairmanship to an entrusted NFK legislator as required by the new Constitution for anyone serving in the cabinet comprising of technocrats.

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“NFK has able leaders and Eugene should pass the mantle to others as he waits the vetting,” said Wamalwa.

He challenged the Jubilee Government to extend its appointments to most marginalized and vulnerable communities in the country.

Saboat MP, David Wafula hit back at some opposition legislators from western region criticizing Eugene’s appointment saying they should recognize and embrace the government’s decision of remembering the region in the long awaited appointments.

“Those MPs especially Bonny Khalwale who was the first to criticize Eugene’s appointment and calling on him to reject it have fear that his elevation threatens their political command in the region,” said Wafula.

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