Leaders support Mudavadi's inclusion in govt
30 April 2013, 15:36
County Representatives and cross-political party officials from Western Kenya have appreciated the gesture by the Jubilee government to nominate Hon. Musalia Mudavadi to the Cabinet.
The deputy president over the weekend visited Lumakanda in Lugari constituency where he promised Mudavadi that he will not be left out of the government.
“The president has assured Kenyans that his government will be inclusive. Given that elections are behind us, we believe that the president means what he says, and that is to ensure a regionally balanced cabinet,” said Andrew Ahuga, the leader of Majority in Vihiga county assembly.
The leaders said that Mudavadi's inclusion in the cabinet will go a long way in proving the Jubilee commitment on a government that is inclusive, where all Kenyans have a good stake.
The group of over 20 county representatives was speaking on Tuesday during a press briefing at Vihiga County Assembly offices.
They noted that if Mudavadi is included, it will not be without merit as the government needs his accumulated experience, sober approach to issues and as a stabilizing factor - apart from being the most senior leader from the region.
“It would be unfortunate for the government to lack the experience of someone like Mudavadi who has been a very important figure in the government,” said Ahuga.
On the basis of the relationship between the Amani and Jubilee Coalitions, the group noted that there was the goodwill to work together before the election which aborted, but was rekindled by the post-election agreements.
“We note with satisfaction that following the agreements, co-operation at parliamentary level is proceeding well. Hon. Ben Washiali of Mumias is now the Majority Deputy Chief Whip in the National Assembly. Some Amani members will chair some major committees while others are members of committees,” said Nickson Butiga, the CR Shiru ward.
The members asked the Public Service Commission to review the list of shortlisted Principal Secretaries to accommodate more applicants from the region as it had been disadvantaged.
“We note with regret that many of our people who applied and met the requirements have been left out whereas the region has a large pool of professionals, being the second largest community in the country,” said Ahuga.
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