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Khalwale censured for lambasting the President

20 May 2014, 13:10 Arap Yego

Bungoma - A section of Bungoma county religious and political leaders have sharply criticized Bonny Khalwale for what they claim is disrespect for President Uhuru Kenyatta after he publicly attacked the head of state during his maiden visit to Bungoma County.

Speaking Saturday during the homecoming of Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka in Kamukuywa, Khalwale claimed that the Jubilee government has failed Kenyans.

Bungoma Diocese Anglican Bishop, George Mechumo said he is concerned that Khalwale’s stinging criticism of the president and the country’s top leadership will only negate the gains the Western Kenya region has made in terms of development.

“His verbal attacks on the top leadership of the country is not beneficial to the electorate; his politics are not good for his constituency, county nor for the western Kenya region as a whole. It will only lead to the isolation of the region in terms of development by the national government,” observed the cleric.

“What the people of the counties in western want is for their leaders to unite, harness resources locally, nationally and globally to spur development. Focus ought to shift from the presidency to the counties now that elections are over and 2017 is far off the radar,” added Bishop Mechumo.

Father Peter Wanyonyi of the Christ the King Catholic Cathedral said leaders are anointed by God and must be accorded due respect however young they may be.

“It was wrong for Khalwale to attack the president publicly. His unwarranted attacks could have angered the president and deny the residents goodies in terms of infrastructure projects funded by the national government.

Mt Elgon MP, John Serut asked Khalwale to keep off Bungoma County politics as its leaders have already expressed willingness to work with the president and the government of the day to develop the county.

“All the nine Bungoma County MPs who were present at the function announced that they are ready to work with the government for the region to make strides in development. Then Senator Khalwale chooses to attack President Uhuru Kenyatta head-on and play politics. That was very unfortunate. I ask him to concentrate in Kakamega because Bungoma county residents want politics of development,” said Serut.

Bungoma County MP, Reginalda Wanyonyi told Khalwale to keep off the region's affairs and serve those who elected him in Kakamega instead. Dr Wanyonyi said Khalwale's political forays into Bungoma were detrimental to development.

Bumula MP, Boniface Otsyula on his part also lambasted the Kakamega senator whom he noted is obsessed with opposition politics at the expense of development.

“Bungoma county is not ready for his brand of politics; we want to move forward and are ready to work with the president and national government to change the lives of those who send us to office,” said Otsyula.

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